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I really appreciate what Callinicos tries to achieve and restore here. The new Mandarins of Postmodernisko power: But it is most distinctive in that it offers a historical reading of the theories of such currently fashionable thinkers as Baudrillard and Lyotard.

Against Postmodernism

Marxism and the East European revolutions A Callinicos. But what bothers Callinicos is apparently their second and third steps which seek to create zones of resistance and transformation in symbolic and cultural practices as well, and I see nothing wrong there, since as Marx underlines it well, symbolic and cultural practices are in an organic and reciprocal relation with the factual reality of forces of production.

In ‘textualism’ “there is no outside-text” as Derrida controversially puts it. The rise of the ‘new middle class’ and the disparate interests of its members is analysed.

In both Nietzsche and Foucault we see thought here reduced to interpretation and thus an irrational perspectivism or relativism is introduced. The argument is presented in a series of rather disconnected essays.

Because that which is external to the present is ‘unnameable’ because it is cobtra discourse, Derrida denies himself the means by which he can analyse the social forces behind racial apartheid, for example which he attempts to do in his work.

Che rated it really liked it Aug 25, In contrast to Derridean textualism in which anti-realism is manifested in the separation of discourse from reality’worldly’ poststructuralism insists on the grounding of discourses in socio-political reality. How can the self be coherently organised if it is just made up of disparate discourse?


Deleuze argues that the body as commonly understood is a reified form around organicity rather than a deterritorialised ‘smooth space’.

As with most critics of postmodernism, Callinicos doesn’t dismiss all pomo’s claims outright, but only their inconsistencies. Cpntra rated it liked it Aug 18, Inna rated it it was amazing Oct 05, In Foucault we have the challenging of a ‘dominant knowledge’ by disparate ‘local knowledges’.

Cambridge Review of International Affairs 20 4, This was the brutal “trahison des clercs” treason of the clerks fl continues to imperil the Left today. It seems it is simply untrue that there is only ‘discourse’ as means of communication that has no reference to reality. Derrida’s well known splitting of Saussurean holism is in his concept of “differance” – the ‘difference’ of presence and absence and the ‘deferral’ of presence through the operation of signifying chains.

The book is an essential read for students and academics across the humanities, particularly those interested in the history and periodicity of art, as well as anti-postmodernist social theorists like myself, and perhaps, a general readership of those who affiliate themselves with the political Left.

Against Postmodernism by Alex Callinicos

Aug 04, Alex Birchall rated it really liked it. Foucault argues ‘the individual’ is produced by power. A Marxist critique A Callinicos. Sjandra Zahid rated it liked it Jan 12, Albert Sonntag rated it it was amazing Jan 06, We also see the reactions to modernity posed by Nazism and the various responses to reactions incl. Firstly the concept of ‘modern’ is explained as the sweeping up of traditional societies by various events: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Secondly, Fredric Jameson’s identification of a new period of ‘multinational capitalism’ as concordant with the rise of postmodern art is criticised. A Callinicos Springer Novos artigos relacionados com a pesquisa deste autor. Halit Yerlikhan rated it really liked it Jul 13, Callinicos’ objective is to back this up with evidence.

An anti-capitalist critique A Callinicos Polity In Deleuze, the concept of power becomes mystified in his vitalist philosophy outlined in A Thousand Plateaus. This had a dramatic effect on cultural studies in particular where everything became a text to postkodernismo interpreted but nothing could actually be judged according to objective standards. Race psotmodernismo class A Callinicos Bookmarks The twin crises of the liberal world A Callinicos Polity In the ‘worldly’ poststructuralism it is history and societal understanding that is deconstructed or denaturalised through genealogy.

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Callinicos’ argument is to reject postmodernism as a ‘retreat’ by the intellectuals of the s and 80s. Theatre made its shift from the Brechtian ‘dialogue’ to the Artaudian ‘theatre of the senses’ the ‘body without organs’ picked up by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

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