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The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change

ISBN: 978-0-631-16294-0
388 pages
April 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this new book, David Harvey seeks to determine what is meant by the term in its different contexts and to identify how accurate and useful it is as a description of contemporary experience.
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Table of Contents

The argument.



Part I: The Passage from Modernity to Postmodernity in Contemporary Culture: .

1. Introduction.

2. Modernity and Modernism.

3. Postmodernism.

4. Postmodernism in the City: Architecture and Urban Design.

5. Modernization.

6. POSTmodernISM or postMODERNism?.

Part II: The Political-Economic Transformation of late Twentieth-Century Capitalism: .

7. Introduction.

8. Fordism.

9. From Fordism to Flexible Accumulation.

10. Theorizing the Transition.

11. Flexible Accumulation - Solid Transformation or Temporary Fix?.

Part III: The Experience of Space and Time: .

12. Introduction.

13. Individual Spaces and Times in Social Life.

14. Time and Space as Sources of Social Power.

15. The Time and Space of the Enlightenment Project.

16. Time-space Compression and the Rise of Modernism as a Cultural Force.

17. Time-Space Compression and the Postmodern Condition.

18. Time and Space in the Postmodern Cinema.

Part IV: The Condition of Postmodernity:.

19. Postmodernity as a Historical Condition.

20. Economics with Mirrors.

21. Postmodernism as the Mirror of Mirrors.

22. Fordist Modernism versus Flexible Postmodernism, or the Interpenetration of Opposed Tendencies in Capitalism as a Whole.

23. The Transformative and Speculative Logic of Capital.

24. The Work of Art in an Age of Electronic Reproduction and Image Banks.

25. Responses to Time-Space Compression.

26. The Crisis of Historical Materialism.

27. Cracks in the Mirrors, Fusions at the Edges.



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Author Information

David Harvey is Professor of Geography at the Johns Hopkins University. From 1987 to 1993 he held the Halford Mackinder Chair of Geography at Oxford University. His previous books include Social Justice and the City, The Limits to Capital (available in the USA from the University of Chicago Press, and elsewhere from Blackwell Publishers, UK) and The Urban Experience (available in the USA from the Johns University Press, and elsewhere from Blackwell Publishers, UK).
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"Devastating. The most brilliant study of post-modernity to date. David Harvey cuts beneath the theoretical debates about postmodernist culture to reveal the social and economic basis of this apparently free-floating phenomenon. After reading this book, those who fashionably scorn the idea of a 'total' critique had better think again." Terry Eagleton

"Few people have penetrated the heartland of contemporary cultural theory and critique as explosively or insightfully as David Harvey." Edward Soja

"David Harvey's book is probably the best yet written on the link between ... economic and cultural transformations." Financial Times

"David Harvey's engrossing book is probably the most readable, ambitious, and intelligent work on postmodernism yet published." Voice Literary Supplement

"In Harvey's skilful hands various strands of contemporary life, normally held far apart by specialized scholarly interests, come together again and are shown to fit with each other ... a marvellous, enjoyable and mind-opening book." Times Literary Supplement

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