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The End of Modernity: What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us
(Hardcover)
by Stuart Sim (Author)

Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (31 May 2010)
ISBN-10: 0748640355
ISBN-13: 978-0748640355

Review
There is always a need for clearly written cultural theory that is accessible but tries to identify macro trends using contemporary examples and data. Stuart Sim excels in this kind of informed, politically engaged, sceptical theory which is not infatuated with jargon or mystification. It's grown-up analysis for students of contemporary culture. Sim has authority, is totally on top of the material and has a certain quiet panache. -- Caspar Melville, New Humanist Magazine There is always a need for clearly written cultural theory that is accessible but tries to identify macro trends using contemporary examples and data. Stuart Sim excels in this kind of informed, politically engaged, sceptical theory which is not infatuated with jargon or mystification. It's grown-up analysis for students of contemporary culture. Sim has authority, is totally on top of the material and has a certain quiet panache.

Product Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world



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