Originally published in 1993, this book opens a new and major line of interpretation, showing that Georg Simmel is the essential sociologist of the postmodern age. The authors trace the important contributions that Simmel's writings can make to current studies of intellectual ethics, textual methodology, sociological theory, philosophy of history and cultural theory
‘Postmodern(ized) Simmel provides an ambitious, adventurous and at times audacious analysis that situates Simmel at the centre of current debates over modernity and its consequences. Original and provocative.’ – Barry Smart
1. Introductions Part One Simmel as postmodernist 2. Georg Simmel: sociological flaneur bricoleur 3. Simmel/Derrida: Deconstruction as symbolic play Part Two Postmodern Simmel 4. Simmel and the dialectic of the double boundary: The case of 'the metropolis and mental life' 5. Dimensions of conflict: Georg Simmel on modern life 6. Simmel and the theory of postmodern society Part Three Postmodernized Simmel 7. Deconstruction as cultural history/the cultural history of deconstruction 8. Simmel/Nietzsche: the historical disease 9. Subject and history: Foucault (Simmel) Foucault 10. A Simmelian postmodern
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