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Ali Rattansi

Part II Living with postmodernity It is in the 1987 Legislators and Interpreters that Bauman presents the first fruits of his growing engagement with the debates about postmodernity that had convulsed intellectual life in Continental Europe and, increasingly, North America. Modernity and the Holocaust, which followed Legislators, although written from a postmodern perspective, makes no mention of these debates. However, this is hardly surprising because Bauman’s focus in this book is on a historically specific period and set of events in Western modernity. But

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Extending the critique of Bauman’s first exposition of postmodernity and postmodernism
Ali Rattansi

with modernity; as Bell had recognised, many modernist movements were critical of bourgeois society, and this became particularly clear after the carnage of the First World War. According to Harvey, there were differences between the temper of modernism in Europe and America (Harvey 1991: 27), with European modernism being more anti-bourgeois, though art historians have pointed out that many of the American modernists who became prominent in the 1950s had already been involved with an art critical of the Depression-era America of the 1930s (Harris 1993: 3). As

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Ali Rattansi

Modernism and postmodernism ‘Modernism’ is a term usually reserved for a set of movements in the arts that began in the latter part of the nineteenth century in Europe, gained a particular momentum in the early years of the twentieth century and continued to flourish until at least the middle of the twentieth century, the periodisation being dependent on when one believes that a new set of aesthetic strategies and products, dubbed postmodernist, began. As we will see, for many commentators postmodernism in the arts was, by and large, a continuation of modernism

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Ali Rattansi

’, and ‘modernism’ and ‘postmodernism’, that had engulfed Continental Europe and the English and philosophy departments of American universities. This was not surprising. Little in the preceding years had prepared Anglo-American sociology for what was about to hit them. Marx, Weber and Durkheim, the revered greats of classical sociology, had not used the concept of modernity, although of course they were acutely aware of the novelty of the times they were living in (Ray 1999). Only George Simmel (1858–1918), a relatively little-known figure in mainstream sociology, had

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Perspectives on civilisation in Latin America
Jeremy C.A. Smith

expressed in history, others would continue shortly after in the modernist arts, literature, poetry, music and philosophy. A second wave of radical modernism emerged in Marxist politics, political economy, liberation theology and indigenous movements. 153 Engagement in the cross-currents of history 153 Modernism arose at the turn of the twentieth century as a movement of artists, philosophers, writers, poets, musicians and activists (Schelling, 2000). In a short time, they remedied the positivist cultures that had denigrated Latin America and venerated European

in Debating civilisations
Laura Chrisman

work of Raymond Williams, Spivak is likewise moved to challenge the work of Terry Eagleton for its insularly national account of Jane Eyre’s class dynamics. Jameson writes from a different but equally revisionary impulse: to extend Lukácsian aesthetics to include the impact of empire building on metropolitan art, and to amplify Lenin’s conceptions of imperialism as the last stage of capitalism. Like Jameson, Said and Spivak are also motivated by expressly contemporary political goals. Spivak offers a strategic intervention against contemporary Anglo-European

in Postcolonial contraventions
Ali Rattansi

political critique (Callinicos 1990: 162–71; see also Eagleton 1996: 1–44; and see also Owen 1997, and Lopez and Potter 2005). Some of these descriptions apply only too well to Bauman the postmodernist. In the 1987 Legislators, as we have seen, Bauman draws upon Rorty’s critique of the Western rationalist tradition and Foucault’s notion of modernity as a disciplinary complex, and is clearly influenced by the critique of hyper-rationalism and modernism in postmodernist architecture. Equally important to Bauman’s embrace of the postmodern turn was his utter disillusionment

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Re-visioning family change
Jane Gray, Ruth Geraghty, and David Ralph

) and then cohabiting couples (5.9 per cent). Such households would have been exceptional in Ireland when Seamus and John, whose stories we examined in Chapter 1, were starting their families. Figure 2.1 provides an overview of family household composition in Ireland, Denmark and Portugal in 2009, based on the European Survey on Income and 30 Denmark Ireland Portugal 25 20 15 10 5 0 Single person aged under 65 Single person aged 65+ Couple both under 65 Couple 1 or both aged 65+ Couple + dependent children Couple + adult children Lone parent + dependent

in Family rhythms
Peter Beilharz

, ‘are my Antipodes.’ I came upon the work of the art historian Bernard Smith in a serious way in the 1990s. This was a major moment for me, but it was also a necessary precondition of moving on to work on and with Bauman. Culture and socialism were two of the switch points. The key work in Smith’s writing is, and remains, European Vision and the South Pacific (1960). I had for some time been writing essays on Australian intellectuals, checking out their archives and their published work, and when possible interviewing them. These essays are now gathered in

in Intimacy in postmodern times
Abstract only
Peter Beilharz

helped to open new doors for me, to east and central European Marxism, and what followed. This memoir is a story of one relationship with Bauman. Many others had significant encounters with Bauman. He was a generous man, who responded equally to requests from afar and emails from Leeds undergraduates who could hop on the bus with an interest. Bauman was always interested in the Antipodes, though I am not sure that this was why he was interested in me. I came a little later to Bauman, though this was also Bauman before Bauman, well before the liquid modern, which we

in Intimacy in postmodern times