Images of Postmodern Society: Social Theory and Contemporary Cinema (Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society v. 11)
By: Norman K. Denzin (author)Paperback
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By using a series of studies of contemporary mainstream Hollywood movies - Blue Velvet, Wall Street, Crimes and Misdemeanors, When Harry Met Sally, Sex Lies and Videotape, Do the Right Thing - Norman Denzin explores the tension between ideas of the postmodern, and traditional ways of analyzing society. The discussion moves between two forms of text: social theory and cinematic representations of contemporary life. Denzin analyzes the ideas of society embedded in poststructuralism, postmodernism, feminism, cultural studies and Marxism through the ideas of key theorists like Baudrillard, Barthes, Habermas, Jameson, Bourdieu and Derrida. He relates these to the problematic of the postmodern self as exposed in cinema centering on the decisive performance of race, gender and class.
Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Indians on Display; Custer on Canvas; The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Searching for Yellowstone; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur's Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of four editions of the Handbook of Qualitative Research, coeditor (with Michael D. Giardina) of eight plenary volumes from the annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, and editor of three book series.
PART ONE: THE POSTMODERN Defining the Postmodern Terrain Postmodern Social Theory Takes on the Postmodern Baudrillard, Lyotard, and Jameson Learning from Mills PART TWO: LEARNING FROM CINEMA Wild About Lynch Blue Velvet Nouveau Capitalists on Wall Street Crimes and Misdemeanors in Manhattan The Postmodern Sexual Order Sex, Lies, and Yuppie Love Do the Right Thing Race in the USA Paris, Texas Mills and Baudrillard in America In Conclusion The Eye of the Postmodern
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