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From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society: New Theories of the Contemporary World, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3761-4
304 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of this classic study, revised with a new and substantial opening chapter.
  • New edition of a classic study by a leading social theorist
  • Explores three major ideas crucial to contemporary social theory: the information society, post-Fordism, and post-modernism
  • Places the three key ideas within the context of contemporary discourse on globalization.
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    Preface to the Second Edition.

    Preface to First Edition..

    1 Rethinking Modernity.

    2 The Revival of Post-Industrial Theory..

    3 The Information Society..

    4 Fordism and Post-Fordism..

    5 Modernity and Post-Modernity (1): The Idea of the Modern..

    6 Modernity and Post-Modernity (2): The Idea of Post-Modernity..

    7 Millennial Themes: Endings and Beginnings..

    Notes.

    References.

    Index.

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    Krishan Kumar is Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Since publishing the first edition of From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society, he has co-edited Public and Private in Thought and Practice (1987) and written 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals (2001) and The Making of English National Identity (2003).
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    • New edition of a classic study by a leading social theorist
    • Explores three major ideas crucial to contemporary social theory: the information society, post-Fordism, and post-modernism
    • Includes a new and substantial introduction to the second edition, placing the three key ideas within the context of contemporary discourse on globalization.
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    “This superb book, which has been essential reading since its original publication, now includes a major new introductory chapter, covering theories of globalization and multiple modernity’s. Kumar manages to to be judicious and provocative, comprehensive and clear, and magisterial and readable. The book is an indispensable guide to these highly contested yet inescapable attempts to theorize modern societies.” William Outhwaite, University of Sussex

    “From Post-Industrial to Post Modern Society has established itself as an incomparable classic of modern sociology. The second edition extends the range of the original text to address new problems of globalism, and thereby integrates the globalization debate into concerns about post-modernity. A singular achievement.” Bryan Turner, Cambrige University.

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