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Postmodern Theory

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In this timely volume, the authors systematically analyze postmodern theory to evaluate its relevance for critical social theory and radical politics today.

Best and Kellner provide:

* An introduction and critique of the work of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Laclau and Mouffe, and Jameson, which assess the varying contributions and limitations of post
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 15th 1991 by The Guilford Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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This was an accessible survey of a handful of the leading theorists associated with postmodernism. Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari, Baudrillard, and Lyotard each get a chapter. Kellner's dedication to radical politics, especially in the tradition of the Frankfurt school (see his previous book: Critical Theory Marxism and Modernity), comes through clearly, making this an ideal introduction for anyone with similar political interests. Providing a detailed and informative, yet jargon-free analysis ...more
A well written, albeit biased, overview of postmodern theorists. The author seems to be coming from a neo-marxist viewpoint.
Carlos Anderson
a great tasting platter of some theorist who operate, claimed or not, under the postmodern header. The treatment is of course more focused on breadth but you still get a sense of each person and, more importantly, get a sense for which parts of their work you agree with or enjoy (for example, Baudrillard's stuff on simulation I found highly interesting, while some of his other stuff I found to be of such theoretical convolution as to be non-sensical). Another interesting component of the book is ...more
Imran Rasid
The most accessible survey of the leading postmodern theorist of the 21st century that i have ever encountered so far. The topics range from discussing Foucault,Deleuze and Guattari, Lyotard,Habermas,Althusser.Laclau and many more.

The author successfully presented the overview of the argument from each theorist without putting it into too much simplicity.
Handy text for those looking to get a foot in the door.
John Victor
Really good overview of postmodern theory imo
Frank Hering
Very useful. Very informative.
Abdullah Basaran
Best and Kellner's reading other post-modern theorists is awesome. It's rather comprehensible and maybe the best beginning book for the topic. But it remains a question after they offer their critical social critique: Can such a theory exist by just criticizing other similar theories?
I really didn't enjoy this book because the writer clouded the significance of Post-Modernity with a lot of empty, garbage-like verbiage terms that were not relevent to the subject matter.

The book could have been written with less than twenty or so pages and gotten the point across.
Reading about postmodern theory both fascinates me and makes me want to drink myself into a coma. Luckily Steven Best and Douglas Kellner guide us through the hyperreal muck and provide a bit of clarity in an otherwise foggy field of discussion.
probably the best introductory tip to slip in, just for a moment, just to see how it feels, regarding basic postmodernist theory.
Read many many years ago in the Left Hand Books study group.
Insightful and educational.
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