The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory

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Steven Seidman
Cambridge University Press, Nov 25, 1994 - Social Science - 312 pages
The Postmodern Turn gathers together in one volume some of the most important statements of the postmodern approach to human studies. In addressing postmodern social theory and emphasising the social role of knowledge, this book abandons the disciplinary boundaries separating the sciences and the humanities. The first collection of its kind, it provides the classic essays of authors such as Lyotard, Haraway, Foucault and Rorty. Contributors include well-known theorists in the fields of sociology, anthropology, women's and gay studies, philosophy, and history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The postmodern condition
27
Genealogy and social criticism
39
Method social science and social hope
46
The new cultural politics of difference
65
A manifesto for cyborgs Science technology and socialist feminism in the 1980s
82
The end of sociological theory
119
The theoretical subjects of This Bridge Called My Back and AngloAmerican feminism
140
Subjectivity in social analysis
171
Is there a postmodern sociology?
187
On ethnographic allegory
205
Rhetoric textuality and the postmodern turn in sociological theory
229
Social criticism without philosophy An encounter between feminism and postmodernism
242
Poststructuralism and sociology
265
Deconstructing equalityversus difference Or the uses of poststructuralist theory for feminism
282
The plague of discourse Politics literary theory and AIDS
299

Contingent foundations Feminism and the question of postmodernism
153

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