Sociology Index

Postmodernism Bibliography

Postmodernism, Books on Postmodernism

Post-Modernism Reader W.T.Anderson (ed: 1995)
Finding an accessible way into post- modernist ideas is not as difficult as it was a couple of years ago (most textbooks now give it some coverage), but this Reader is a little gem for teachers (mainly) who want to expand their knowledge of this area.

A variety of short readings (most are 3 - 4 pages) cover a wide range of concepts in a clear and informative way (there are, of course, some exceptions - this is, after all, a text on post-modernism...). However, I haven't found a better book that treats post-modernist ideas seriously - but not always too seriously (check-out Stephen Katz's "How to speak and write postmodern"...).

Introducing Postmodernism R.Appignanesi and C.Garrett (1999)
Originally called "Postmodernism for Beginners", it's not hard to see why they changed the title (unless, of course, the authors thought it might be funny to sucker unsuspecting teachers / students - a "joke" that may well have backfired...). Whatever else it may be, this is not a book for beginners.

It is, however, a headlong-rush through the basic principles of postmodernist theory, from its origins, its application to Art and its most well-known advocates (in a variety of academic disciplines).

The third section ("The Genealogy of Postmodern History") is probably the most accessible part for A-level teachers / students since it starts to apply postmodern ideas to media, lifestyle and identity not, it must be said, with a great deal of conviction or insight.

Sociology of Postmodernism - Scott Lash - Synopsis: This authoritative and revealing book provides the first sociological examination of postmodernism. Lash examines the differences between modernism and postmodernism, providing a clear explanation of why postmodernism is important. Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Lt. ISBN: 0415047854

What was postmodernism? Rosenthal M. Socialist Review v22 n3 Jul 93 p83-105

What is the postmodern agenda? Wood E. Monthly Review v47 n3 Jul 95 p1-12

Where do postmodernists come from? [Postmodernism a symptom of the political defeat of radical thought] Eagleton T. Monthly Review v47 n3 Jul 95 p59-70

Whither Mammon? Postmodern economics and passive enrichment.- Dodd N. Theory, Culture, and Society v12 n2 May 95

Arac, J 1986 Postmodernism and politics
Baudrillard, J 1988 Selected Writings
Benhabib, S 1992 Situating the self: gender, community and postmodernism in...
Boyne, R 1990 Postmodernism and society
Brewis, M 1987 Postmodernism: a guide to the literature held in St. Peter's
Brooker, P 1992 Modernism/postmodernism
Bruno, G 1987 Ramble City: postmodernism and "Blade Runner"

Callinicos, A 1989 Against postmodernism: a marxist critique
Cornwell, N 1990 The literary fantastic: from Gothic to postmodernism
Connor, S 1989 Postmodernist culture
Davis, L 1987 Resisting Novels: Ideology and Fiction
Docherty, T 1990 After theory: postmodernism/postmarxism
Docherty, T 1993 Postmodernism - a reader
Doherty, J 1992 Postmodernism and the social sciences
Eagleton, T 1986 "Capitalism, Modernism and Postmodernism" in Against the Grain
Featherstone, M 1991 Consumer culture and postmodernism
Featherstone, M 1988 Postmodernism
Fekete, J 1988 Life and postmodernism: essays on value and culture
Foucault, M 1984 The Foucault Reader (ed. Paul Rabinow)
Garvin, H 1980 Romanticism, modernism, postmodernism
Harvey, D 1989 The Condition of Postmodernity
Hassard, J 1993 Postmodernism and organizations
Hilfer, A.C 1992 American Fiction Since 1940
Holub, R 1992 Antonio Gramsci: beyond Marxism and Postmodernism
Hutcheon, L 1988 A poetics of postmodernism: history, theory, fiction
Huyssen, A 1988 After the great divide: modernism, mass culture, postmodernism
Jameson, F 1985 Postmodernism and consumer society
Jameson, F 1991 Postmodernism, or, the cultural logic of late capitalism
Kaplan, E.A 1988 Postmodernism and its discontents: theories, practices
Kaplan, E.A 1987 Rocking around the clock: music, television, postmodernism
Kellner, D 1989 Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to postmodernism and beyond
Kellner, D 1989 Postmodernism-Jameson-critique

Kidd-Hewitt David, Osborne Richard (a cura di), 1995, Crime and the media - The post-modern spectacle, Pluto Press, London-Chicago.
Lash, S 1990 Sociology of postmodernism
Lee, A 1990 Realism and Power: Postmodern British Fiction
Lodge, D 1977 The Modes of Writing. Chapter on "Postmodernist fiction
Lyotard, J-F 1984 The Postmodern Condition
McHale, B 1987 Postmodernist Fiction
McHale, B 1992 Constructing postmodernism
Marshall, B.K 1992 Teaching the Postmodern: Fiction and Theory
Mjeovic, Stefan The Coming Fin de Siècle
Morris, M 1988 The pirate's fianceé: feminism, reading, postmodernism
Nicholson, L.J 1990 Feminism, postmodernism
Norris, C 1992 The Truth about postmodernism
Roberts, J 1990 Postmodernism, politics and art
Ross, A 1989 Universal abandon?: the politics of postmodernism
Ruland, R 1991 From Puritanism to Postmodernism: a history of American literature
Russell, C 1985 Poets, prophets and revolutionaries: the literary avant-garde
Sarup, M 1993 An introductory guide to post-structuralism and postmodernism
Sim, S 1992 Beyond aesthetics: confrontations with poststructuralism & postmodernism
Smyth, E.J 1991 Postmodernism and contemporary fiction
Squires, J 1993 Principled positions: postmodernism and the rediscovery of
Waugh, P 1992 Postmodernism: a reader
Waugh, P 1992 Practising postmodernism, reading modernism
White, S.K 1991 Political theory and postmodernism
Wilde, A 1981 Horizons of assent: modernism, postmodernism and the ironic

Van Gelder, Craig. Postmodernism as an Emerging Worldview, Calvin Theological Journal (Grand Rapids), 26(2), November 1991, pp.412-417. [Postmodernism is both a positive and a negative force and this article gives a basic introduction to its development, aims, and phenomena.]
Grenz, Stanley J. Star Trek and the Next Generation: Postmodernism and the Future of Evangelical Theology, Crux (Vancover), 30(1), March 1994, pp.24-32. [Using the contrasting styles of the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation Grenz highlights the development of Modernity to Postmodernity. This is a fundamental article which is easy to read and, if you’re a Trekky, memorable.]
Lyon, David Postmodernity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994), 104 pages. [An examination of Postmodernism from a sociological perspective highlighting the changing face of modernity through the work of artists and philosophers. Also comments on the avenues Postmodernism has opened up. Stirring stuff!]
Grenz, Stanley, J. A primer on Postmodernism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996), 174 pages. [A modern classic; it contains all the foundational information needed for an understanding of Postmodernity, including an historical survey of its development through modernity and an introduction to some key philosophers.]
Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Duke UP, 1991.
Madan Sarup's An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism, University of Georgia Press, 1993.
Postmodernism and Gender Relations in Feminist Theory, in Linda J. Nicholson, ed., Feminism/Postmodernism, Routledge, 1990.
Stanbridge, Alan (2000) 'Modernist Postmodernism: A Case Study in Theory and Value', in Stanbridge, Alan.
Storey, John (1998) An Introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture - Chapter 7: Postmodernism (pp. 169-201)
Hutcheon, Linda (1995) 'The Post Always Rings Twice: The Postmodern and the Postcolonial', Material History Review No. 41: 4-23.

Aronowitz, Stanley; Giroux, Henry: Postmodern education, University of Minnesota Press, 1991

Bauman, Zygmunt: Intimations of Postmodernity, Rutledge, 1992

Bauman, Zygmunt: Postmodern Ethics, Blackwell, 1993

Beilharz, Peter: Postmodern Socialism: Romanticism, City, and State, Melbourne University Press, 1994

Best, Stephen; Kellner, Douglas: Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations, Guilford Press, 1991

Brodribb, Somer: Nothing Mat(t)ers: A Feminist Critique of Postmodernism, Spinifex, 1991

Callinicos, Alex: Against Postmodernism, Polity Press, 1989

Connor, Steven: Postmodernist Culture: Intro to Theories of the Contemporary, Blackwell,1989

Crook, Stephen; Pakulski, Jan; Waters, Malcolm: Postmodernization: Change in Advanced Societies, Sage Pub, 1992

Harvey, David: The Condition of Postmodernity, Blackwell, 1989

Heller, Agnes; Feher, Franc: The Postmodern Political Condition, Polity Press, 1988

Jameson, Frederic: Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Verso, 1990

Lash, Scott: Sociology of the Postmodern, Routledge, 1990

Lather, Patti: Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy Within the Postmodern, Routledge, 1991

Martin, Bill: Matrix and Line: Derrida and the Possibilities of Postmodern Social Theory, SUNY Press, 1992

Huntington/Matustick. Radical Philosophy Review of Books. No. 8, 1993

Nicholson, Linda: Feminism/Postmodernism, Routledge, 1989

Rose, Margaret: The Post-modern and the Post-Industrial, Cambridge University Press, 1991

Squires, Judith: Principled Positions: Postmodernism and the Rediscovery of Value, Lawrence & Wishart, 1993

White, Stephen: Political Theory and Postmodernism, Cambridge University Press, 1991

The wonderful woman on the pavement: middle-ageism in the post-modern economy. [footnotes]
Gullette M. Dissent Fall 95 p508-14

Would you rather be a cyborg or a goddess? [On being a teacher in a postmodern world] Damarin S. Feminist Teacher v8 n2 Fall 94 p54-60

Carroll, Noel. 1997. “Periodizing Postmodernism?” CLIO. 26(2): 143-165.

Connor, Steven. 1989. Postmodernist Culture: An introduction to theories of the contemporary. Cambridge: Basil Blackwell Inc.

Dachy, Marc. 1990. The Dada Movement, 1915-1923. New York: Rissoli International Publications, Inc.

D'Amico, Robert. 1992. “Defending Social Science Against the Postmodern Doubt.” in Postmodernism and Social Theory: The Debate over General Theory. Ed. Steven Seidman and David Wagner. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell.

Flieger, Jerry A. 1996. “The Listening Eye: Postmodernism, Paranoia, and the Hypervisible.” Diacritics. 26(1): 90-107.

Fraser, Nancy and Linda Nicholson. 1990. “Social Criticism without Philosophy: An Encounter between Feminism and Postmodernism.” Feminism/Postmodernism. Ed. L. Nicholson. New York: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall.

Habermas, Jurgen. 1987. Lectures on the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Habermas, Jurgen. 1990. “Modernity versus postmodernity.” Culture and Society. Ed. J.

Alexander and S. Seidman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hall, Stuart. 1986. “On Postmodernism and Articulation: An Interview.” Journal of Communication Inquiry. 10: 45-60.

Kellner, Douglas. 1990. “The Postmodern Turn: Positions, Problems, and Prospects.” Frontiers of Social Theory: The New Synthesis. Ed. George Ritzer. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Lyotard, Jean Francois. 1984. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Tr. G. Bennington and B. Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Lyotard, Jean Francois. 1995. “The Postmodern Condition.” in The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory. Ed. Steven Seidman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mestrovic, Stjepan. 1991. The Coming Fin de Siècle: An application of Durkheim's sociology to modernity and postmodernism. London: Routledge.

Osterud, Oyvind. 1997. “Focus on Postmodernism: A Rejoinder” The Journal of Peace Research. 34(3): 337-338.

Patomaki, Heikki. 1997. “The Rhetorical Strategies and the Misleading Nature of Attacks of ‘Postmodernism: A Reply to Osterud.” Journal of Peace Research. 34(3): 325-329.

Porter, Roy. 1993. “Baudrillard: History, Hysteria, and Consumption.” Forget Baudrillard? Ed. Rojek, Chris and Bryan S. Turner. New York: Rouledge.

Shepperd, Jerry. 1997. “Relevance and Responsibility: A Postmodern Response. A Response to ‘A Postmodern Explanation of Student Consumerism in Higher Education.’” Teaching Sociology. 25(4): 333-335.

Smith, Steve. 1997. “Epistemology, Postmodernism, and International Relations Theory: A Reply to Osterud.” Journal of Peace Research. 34(3): 330-336.

Turner, Bryan (ed). 1990. Theories of Modernity and Postmodernity. Newbury Park: Sage.

Zurbrugg, Nicholas. 1994. “Baudrillard, Modernism, and Postmodernism.” in Baudrillard: A Critical Reader. Ed. Douglas Kellner. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers.

Roads to Dystopia - Sociological Essays on the Postmodern Condition - Stanford M. Lyman
2002 Mid-South Sociological Association Book Award
If the postmodern condition is a dystopia characterized by alienation and despair, argues distinguished sociologist Stanford Lyman, postmodern epistemologies compound the problem by denigrating Enlightenment philosophies that still offer agency and hope to those who struggle to be free. In this, his sixth volume in the Studies in American Sociology series, Lyman examines this contradiction as it has shaped American discourses on race and community, asking why Gunnar Myrdal's "American Dilemma" is still unresolved; how Chinese workers have fared in the labor movement and in labor history; what searches for "the lost tribes of Israel" have meant socially and historically; how cinema has offered metaphors for social action but presented failed utopias on screen; and how we have not yet established a basic definition of "the good life." In each of these instances, Lyman seeks new routes in the quest for justice.

Postmodernism and a Sociology of the Absurd
And Other Essays on the "Nouvelle Vague" in American Social Science - Stanford Lyman
In the fifth volume in the Studies in American Sociology Series, Stanford M. Lyman offers commentaries on and critiques of postmodernism, poststructuralism, and deconstruction, posing questions concerning theoretical and epistemological problems arising from what appears to be a "nouvelle vague."