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The Origins of Postmodernity

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Traces the genesis, consolidation and consequences of the postmodern idea. Beginning in the Hispanic world of the 1930s, the text takes the reader through to the 70s, when Lyotard and Habermas gave the idea of postmodernism wider currency and finally the 90s, with the work of Fredric Jameson.
Paperback, 143 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Verso (first published 1998)
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Justin Evans
Well, it's not exactly what the title claims. But the first two chapters are good, short summaries of the rise of the terms and ideas around 'postmodernism.' The third is an appreciation and summary of Fredric Jameson's work. The fourth is a survey of responses to his work, and Anderson's own slightly random thoughts on these matters.

The first three chapters are great, the fourth a bit aimless. But if you want a good history of these ideas, and/or a good introduction to Jameson, this is your bo
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Like others have said, it's more of a essay on Jameson than a survey. But Anderson makes him sound suitably brilliant and sends you running for Postmodernism , and for Anderson's own article 'Modernity and Revolution' - reprinted in A Zone of Engagement . The sketch of that article he gives here (on the social conditions of modernism & the postmodern) is basically the most lucid & concise summary i've seen.

Book also features this amazing quote from Lyotard on his own Postmodern Condit
Chelsea Szendi
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theory
Anderson does go in a bit heavy for the praise when it comes to Jameson, but I consider this essential reading for anyone who tackles Jameson's tome on postmodernism. After all, if you've had the courage to face all of that, Anderson's clear prose and nimble intellect will be enjoyable beach reading. Is there any subject this guy can't comment upon authoritatively? He'll give you the global context of Jameson's master work, and summarize the major monographs that responded to it.

I particularly e
Alex Birchall
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book by Perry Anderson, a Marxist historian, chronicling the incipient conceptualisation of 'postmodernism' in architecture, the arts, and politics. The first chapter begins by detailing early literary references to the term 'postmodern': initially it meant regressions from the modern. Anderson then moves to a discussion of the work of Ihab Hassan, Charles Jencks, and Jean-Francois Lyotard. He also discusses and provides worthy critique of Jurgen Habermas' "system-lifeworld" theory.

Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
very good read of history of post-modernism which includes its root, its development, its current condition
Arif Abdurahman
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dua bab pertama membahas ringkasan tentang bangkitnya istilah dan gagasan seputar posmodernisme. Bab ketiga adalah apresiasi dan rangkuman karya Fredric Jameson. Bab keempat adalah survei tanggapan terhadap karya Jameson tadi, dan pemikiran Anderson yang sedikit acak tentang masalah ini. Awal beli buku ini acak karena tertarik dengan judulnya, bahkan enggak menyadari kalau Anderson ini sekeluarga sama Benedict Anderson. Waktu itu saya cuma sampai bab kedua, karena lelah sama istilah-istilah, nam ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deep, challenging, informative and eye opening. Will also make you want to read a number of other famous texts on the same subject. Whilst short it covers a wide expanse.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, philosophy
Another well done history by Perry Anderson. Concise, easy to read, engaging. More information on postmodern art, as opposed to philosophy, than I was expecting but still interesting.
jose coimbra
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scilicet
Perry Anderson nos apresenta o pós-modernismo como um fenômeno social, relacionado a um novo estágio na história do capitalismo. Assim, o pós-modernismo apresentaria dimensões socioeconômicas, políticas, histórias e estéticas.

Originalmente, o trabalho de Perry Anderson teria por objetivo ser o prefácio do livro de Frederic Jamenson, The Cultural Turn, autor com o qual irá dialogar diretamente, ainda que assumindo certa distância dele. O texto nos mostra posições distintas de Lyotard, Habermas e
Paribanu Freitas
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marxismo
EXCELENTE!. Exhaustivo, profundo y respetuoso análisis académica del surgimiento, auge y límites de la postmodernidad en diferentes campos como el estético, el filosófico y el político. Un libro capital para quienes nacimos a la vida académica en el la crisis del socialismo y el auge de la ofensiva neoliberal de los '90.
Sankar Raj
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-modrnism, i-own
Perry Anderson traces the origin of post modernism. He says that it was the great historian and scholar Arnold toyanbee who first used the expression
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Perry Anderson (born 1938) is a Marxist intellectual and historian. He is Professor of History and Sociology at UCLA and an editor of the New Left Review. He is the brother of historian Benedict Anderson.

He was an influence on the New Left. He bore the brunt of the disapproval of E. P. Thompson in the latter's The Poverty of Theory, in a controversy during the late 1970s over the scientific Marxis
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