By Barry Smart

© 1992 – Routledge

176 pages

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Paperback: 9780415069618
pub: 1992-10-29
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About the Book

At last, a short and authoritative critical introduction to one of the most talked about and most misunderstood concepts of current times. Barry Smart provides a clear and readable discussion for students which also manages to be a shrewd and stimulating contribution to the debate about modernity and postmodernity. Brightly observed and totally trustworthy it will occupy a central place in all introductions to the concept of postmodernity.


'His short book is an extremely useful introduction to the debates surrounding postmodernism …' - Social Science Teacher

'Barry Smart's book is written for students … it manages to present conflicting theories with neat persuasiveness while making the author's reservations clear.' - The Modern Review

'This is an illuminating, sober and knowledge-enhancing account which may well be a milestone in the twisted road of our times to self-understanding … [Smart's] feat will be welcomed by thousands of professionals, students and members of the enlightened public alike. Smart renders a priceless service to his readers, having digested on their behalf the enormous literature and sifted out everything valuable and important. Smart's 'career report' of the debate is comprehensive, critical yet fair, and expressed in jargon-free language.' - Zygmunt Bauman, Political Studies

About the Series

Key Ideas

This popular series covers the main concepts, issues, debates and controversies in sociology and the social sciences. The books are concise and informative yet lively. Written by leading authorities in the field, they give students access to 'new sociology' in manageable form.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General