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Title: Jean Baudrillard - against banality
Authors: Pawlett, William
Publisher: London, Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Issue Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27953
Additional Links: http://www.routledge.com/books/Jean-Baudrillard-isbn9780415386456
Abstract: This uniquely engaging introduction to Jean Baudrillard’s controversial writings covers his entire career focusing on Baudrillard’s central, but little understood, notion of symbolic exchange. Through the clarification of this key term a very different Baudrillard emerges: not the nihilistic postmodernist and enemy of Marxism and Feminism that his critics have constructed, but a thinker immersed in the social world and passionately committed to a radical theorizsation of it. Above all Baudrillard sought symbolic spaces, spaces where we might all, if only temporarily, shake off the system of social control. His writing sought to challenge and defy the system. By erasing our ‘liberated’ identities and suspending the pressures to compete, perform, consume and hate that the system induces, we might create spaces not of freedom, but of symbolic engagement and exchange. (Routledge)
Type: Book
Language: en
Keywords: Baudrillard, Jean
Cultural studies
Postmodernism
Sociology
Symbolic exchange
Social theory
Social change
Poststructuralism
Political theory
20th century
ISBN: 9780415386449
978-0415386449
Appears in Collections: Europe: Trend and Transformation Research Group

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