This book examines the role of intellectuals in modern and post-modern contexts. It argues that as the concept of verity has become increasingly contingent, the role of the intellectual has become interpretive rather than legislative. Bauman assesses the implications of this change for today's culture.
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What is the role of intellectuals in the modern world? How does intellectual work connect to modern cultural development as a whole? Bauman answers these questions through a discussion of the nature of modernism and post-modernism in the analysis of culture.
During the period at which it was assumed that there were ready ways of assessing the truth of beliefs, intellectuals used to 'legislate' about opinions for the rest of the community. But today, in the period of post-modernism, there are many competing value-systems and beliefs. Intellectuals today become 'interpreters', representing different standpoints in relation to one another. In brilliant and telling fashion, Bauman draws out the implications of this change for contemporary cultural analysis.
This book will be of basic interest to students and professionals in cultural studies, sociology, politics and the history of ideas.About the Author:
Zygmunt Bauman was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno prize for 1998.
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Book Description Polity Press, 1987. Book Condition: Poor. Covers scuffed. Binding loose. This book has hardback covers. Ex-library, With usual stamps and markings, In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 3123843
Book Description Polity Press, 1987. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. No dust jacket. , 450grams, ISBN:0745601367. Bookseller Inventory # 6710019