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Orientalism, postmodernism, and globalism / Bryan S. Turner
Bib ID 454742
Format BookBook
Turner, Bryan S. (Bryan Stanley), 1945-
Description London ; New York : Routledge, 1994 
xii, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0415108624 (paperback)

In this challenging study of contemporary social theory, Bryan Turner examines the recent debate about orientalism in relation to postmodernism and the process of globalization. He provides a profound critique of many of the leading figures in classical orientalism. His book also considers the impact of globalization on Islam, the nature of oriental studies and decolonization, and the notion of 'the world' in sociological theory. These cultural changes and social debates also reflect important changes in the status and position of intellectuals in modern culture who are threatened, not only by the levelling of mass culture, but also by the new opportunities posed by postmodernism. He takes a critical view of the role of sociology in these developments and raises important questions about the global role of English intellectuals as a social stratum.

Bryan Turner's ability to combine these discussions about religion, politics, culture and intellectuals represents a remarkable integration of cultural analysis in cultural studies.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Orientalism. 1. Orientalism, postmodernism and religion. 2. Orientalism and the problem of civil society in Islam. 3. Accounting for the Orient
  • Pt. II. Orientalists. 4. Conscience in the construction of religion. 5. Gustave von Grunebaum and the mimesis of Islam
  • Pt. III. Globalism. 6. Politics and culture in Islamic globalism. 7. From orientalism to global sociology. 8. The concept of 'the world' in sociology
  • Pt. IV. Intellectuals and postmodernism. 9. Nostalgia, postmodernism and the critique of mass culture. 10. Two faces of sociology: global or national? 11. Ideology and utopia in the formation of an intelligentsia
  • Pt. V. Modernity. 12. From regulation to risk. 13. The self and reflexive modernity
  • 14. Conclusion.

"Represents a ... recent discussion and debate regarding crucial aspects of cultural postmodernization, religious change, and the globalization of world society"--P. [4] of cover.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-223) and index.

Subjects Postmodernism -- Social aspects.  |  Religion and sociology.  |  Culture.  |  Intellectuals.  |  East and West.  |  Islamic civilization.  |  Civilization, Modern -- 20th century.


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