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Undoing culture : globalization, postmodernism and identity / Mike Featherstone

Main Author Featherstone, Mike Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Sage Publications, imp. 1997 Description X, 178 p. ; 24 cm Series Theory, culture and society) ISBN 0-8039-7606-2 CDU 316.7"19" 130.2"19"
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"This is a worthwhile discussion of postmodernity and modernity that overlaps theoretically with Chris Rojek's Decentring Leisure. Excellent Bibliography and Index." --Choice What is the relationship between culture and postmodernism? How has globalization influenced our understanding of culture? This shrewd book, written by one of the most accomplished and authoritative writers in the field, is a major contribution to rethinking culture. Mike Featherstone examines how culture is produced, reproduced, challenged, and transformed under current social conditions. Undoing Culture provides a guide to the dramatic changes that everyday life is currently witnessing and also suggests ways of analyzing these changes in theoretically meaningful ways. It explores the meaning of ordered life, the heroic life, revolutionary myth, symbolic power, and forms of consumer culture. What emerges is a highly original and significant attempt to ground culture in the context of globalization and postmodernism. Written with the customary clarity and judicious style that readers have come to expect from this author, Undoing Culture will be essential reading for students in the sociology of culture and cultural studies.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Globalizing Cultural Complexity
  • The Autonomization of the Cultural Sphere
  • Personality, Unity and the Ordered Life
  • The Heroic Life and Everyday Life
  • Globalizing the Postmodern
  • Global and Local Cultures
  • Localism, Globalism and Cultural Identity
  • Travel, Migration and Images of Social Life

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Featherstone argues that globalization and modernization each hold two contradictory aspects: one toward increasing order and the other toward change and chaos. In this interesting and important book, he focuses primarily on a neglected aspect of modernization as a world culture of competing differences, power struggles, and cultural prestige. Against the unidimensional vision of globalization found in Anthony Giddens's writings, Featherstone takes into account a worldwide return to local cultures, the clash of pluralities, and the atomization of the world alongside globalization. Ultimately, he argues, the postmodern world becomes recentered as opposed to decentered. Featherstone's analyses of prominent social theorists from Jean Baudrillard to Zygmunt Bauman is impressive. This is a worthwhile discussion of postmodernity and modernity that overlaps theoretically with Chris Rojek's Decentring Leisure (1995). Excellent bibliography and index.

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