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Postmodernism, or, the cultural logic of late capitalism

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Published by Duke University Press in Durham .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Civilization, Modern -- 20th century,
  • Postmodernism (Literature)

  • Edition Notes

    Includes index.

    Other titlesPostmodernism, Cultural logic of late capitalism.
    StatementFredric Jameson.
    SeriesPost-secondary interventions
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxxii, 438 p. [8] of plates :
    Number of Pages438
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL22860754M
    ISBN 100822310902
    ISBN 109780822310907
    LC Control Number90034074

    Contradictions between imperialism and the oppressed peoples and nations. According to a listing of Fortune Global, only 18 of the largest companies kept the majority of their assets abroad. Yet conspiracy theory and its garish narrative manifestations must be seen as a degraded attempt through the figuration of advanced technology to think the impossible totality of the contemporary world system. In the recent history of Anglo-American theoretical discourse, particularly postmodern theory, Fredric Jameson's essay, from which this volume takes its title, stands as a stubbornly influential text. Yet the earlier features of the postmodern which were enumerated above can all now be seen as themselves partial yet constitutive aspects of the same general spatial object.

    I cannot stress too greatly the radical distinction between a view for which the postmodern is one optional style among many others available and one which seeks to grasp it as the cultural dominant of the logic of late capitalism: the two approaches in fact generate two very different ways of conceptualising the phenomenon as a whole: on the one hand, moral judgments about which it is indifferent whether they are positive or negativeand, on the other, a genuinely dialectical attempt to think our present of time in History. The revisionist rule and restoration of capitalism in the Soviet bloc countries since served to undermine the world proletarian revolution as the two superpowers colluded against the interests of the world proletariat and people while they engaged in neocolonial competition. Yet to argue that culture is today no longer endowed with the relative autonomy it once enjoyed as one level among others in earlier moments of capitalism let alone in pre-capitalist societies is not necessarily to imply its disappearance or extinction. He described the electronic means of instant global communications as changing the content of modern culture. The New Machine But as I am anxious that Portman's space not be perceived as something either exceptional or seemingly marginalized and leisure-specialized on the order of Disneyland, I would like in passing to juxtapose this complacent and entertaining although bewildering leisure-time space with its analogue in a very different area, namely the space of postmodern warfare, in particular as Michael Herr evokes it in his great book on the experience of Vietnam, called Dispatches.

    Such theories have the obvious ideological mission of demonstrating, to their own relief, that the new social formation in question no longer obeys the laws of classical capitalism, namely, the primacy of industrial production and the omnipresence of class struggle. Yet to argue that culture is today no longer endowed with the relative autonomy it once enjoyed as one level among others in earlier moments of capitalism let alone in pre-capitalist societiesis not necessarily to imply its disappearance or extinction. The germinal formations of proletarian revolution must be prepared all over the world. Not surprisingly, the organization of the text exhibits certain postmodern tendencies, for instance, the re-appropriation of earlier statements into newer versions of the term in question: a short introduction is followed by the postmodernism essay alluded to above as well as Jameson's other oft-reproduced essay on ideological positions within the postmodernism debate. He begins by outlining a basic Hegelian dialectic model, where a status quo thesis is confronted by a new competitive idea antithesis for the formation of an adapted status quo synthesis.


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In modern usage, late capitalism often refers to a new mix of high-tech advances, the concentration of speculative financial capital, Post-Fordismand a growing gap between rich and poor. But in that case it is also logical to reject moralizing condemnations of the postmodern and of its essential triviality, when juxtaposed against the utopian 'high seriousness' of the great modernisms: these are also judgements one finds both on the Left and on the radical Right.

Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Major, Mr. Thatcher and Mr. The United States is now notorious for its bullying tactics in trying to break the Japanese market wide open for US products and to reduce or take back previous market accommodations to Japan in the Asia-Pacific. They invest and trade multinationally but the large majority of their assets and sales are in their home Postmodernism.

Nealon has much to teach us, and he does so in splendid fashion. A return to the history of this science which is also an art shows us that Lynch's model does not yet in fact really correspond to what will become mapmaking.

A last preliminary word on method: what follows is not to be read as stylistic description, as the account of one cultural style or movement among others. Freely competitive capitalist production, roughly from tothrough the growth of industrial capital in domestic markets.

I must now briefly address a different kind of objection to periodisation, a concern about its possible obliteration of heterogeneity, one most often expressed by the Left.

Let me amplify the figure which has run through the preceding remarks, and make it even more explicit: I am proposing the motion that we are here in the presence of something like a mutation in built space itself.

The fundamental teachings of all the great communist thinkers and leaders retain their basic validity and will be upheld in the next round of new-democratic and socialist revolutions. Petty-bourgeois technocrats in UN agencies, academics in the UN university system, bourgeois institutes of development, imperialist state agencies, neoconservative think tanks and the Munich-based Max Planck Institute orchestrated the propagation of the neo-Kautskyite notion that monopoly capitalism is benign, even if painful, criticizable and therefore reformable, because it supposedly breaks down precapitalist formations and opens the way to capitalist development and free market economies.

They jealously guard and keep their basic technology and core processes in their own countries and concentrate the low-end of high technology on some 10 countries in the world, where they avail of cheap labor in sweatshops that can be easily relocated as soon as the wage level rises.

I will take as the most dramatic practical result of this spatial mutation the notorious dilemma of the shopkeepers on the various balconies: it has been obvious since the very opening of the hotel inthat nobody could ever find all of these stores, and even if you located the appropriate boutique, you would be most unlikely to be as fortunate a second time, as a consequence, the commercial tenants are in despair and all the merchandise is marked down to bargain prices.

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This has made Mexican labor far cheaper than before. He mentions the Austrian school especially Adorno, who wrote the authoritative book on Postmodernism and media, "Dialectic of Enlightenment," an important book about society and the value of art in human enlightenment.

To pass themselves off as progressive, they criticize to some extent the multilateral agencies of imperialism and the multinational firms and banks but they use the technocratic concepts and pseudoliberal language of the imperialists, the UN and bourgeois institutions and merely advocate some reforms within the world capitalist system.

In fact, the destruction of productive forces is the main aspect adversely affecting all the imperialist countries and the underdeveloped countries, as a result of the concentration of high-tech production in a few imperialist countries, the rapid accumulation of capital there and the accelerated crisis of overproduction.

I am very far from feeling that all cultural production today is postmodern in the broad sense I will be conferring on this term. The first is that the Althusserian concept now allows us to rethink these specialised geographical and cartographic issues in terms of social space — in terms, for example, of social class and national or international context, in terms of the ways in which we all necessarily also cognitively map our individual social relationship to local, national, and international class realities.

The Modernists argued that humans operated on essential narratives, like myths, which unite us, but Postmodernism brought the rejection of "meta-narratives. Then he turns to culture to show that the effect of Postmodern ideology is the rejection of truth-claims.

In a classic work, The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch taught us that the alienated city is above all a space in which people are unable to map in their minds either their own positions or the urban totality in which they find themselves: grids such as those of Jersey City, in which none of the traditional markers monuments, nodes, natural boundaries, built perspectives obtain, are the most obvious examples.

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

The disastrous realignment of socialist revolution with the older nationalisms not only in Southeast Asiawhose results have necessarily aroused much serious recent left reflection, can be adduced in support of this position.

The FDI flowing from the MNCs to third world countries was only 7 percent of the domestic investment of these countries in We cannot, however, return to aesthetic practices elaborated on the basis of historical situations and dilemmas which are no longer ours. The teaching function of an was, however, always stressed in classical times even though it there mainly took the form of moral lessonswhile the prodigious and still imperfectly understood work of Brecht reaffirms, in a new and formally innovative and original way, for the Postmodernism of modernism proper, a complex new conception of the relationship between culture and pedagogy.

The 10 countries where this FDI is concentrated are attractive to the MNCs for various reasons: high rates of profit, access to large markets, relatively good infrastructure, cheap labor, deregulated economy, security guarantees, repression of the working people and no requirements of environmental protection.

Yet to reformulate the problem in this way is also to come starkly up against those very difficulties in mapping which are posed in heightened and original ways by that very global space of the postmodernist or multinational moment which has been under discussion here. It will, be appropriate to discuss these two related issues in terms of current possibilities for some effective contemporary cultural politics and for the construction of a genuine political culture.

The former Soviet bloc countries in general are afflicted with conditions similar to those of the third world countries. The interimperialist struggle to redivide the world is sharpening. UNCTAD and the MNCs expect that the FDI flows into the third world and East European countries can generate industrial development and a middle class as a consumer market even without the establishment of heavy and basic industries and in fact with the destruction of national industries.Now in paperback, Fredric Jameson’s most wide-ranging work seeks to crystalize a definition of ”postmodernism”.

Jameson’s inquiry looks at the postmodern across a wide landscape, from “high” art to “low” from market ideology to architecture, from painting to “punk” film, from video art to literature.5/5(1).

Aug 05,  · Using Mandel’s thesis, Jameson explores Postmodernism and the logic of its progression from Modernism, its historical apotheosis in the s and s and its implications as a cultural, intellectual and economic phenomenon. Suffice to say, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism is a stunning work of intellectual pyrotechnics.

Postmodernism: Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Jameson, Fredric and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at atlasbowling.com Cataloging-in-Publication Data appear on the last printed page of this book.A number of chapters, or parts of chapters, of this book have appeared in previous publications, sometimes in an earlier form.

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Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders/5(8). “A classic of late 20th-century Euroamerican critical thought.” — Ned Lukacher, Choice “An encyclopedic grasp of modern culture.” — Stuart Hall, Marxism Today “For anybody hoping to understand not just the cultural but the political and social implications of postmodernism Jameson’s book .