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Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain
An argument against what Collini calls the 'declinist thesis', the belief that contemporary intellectual life is getting increasingly dumbed down and stagnant. Declinists, Collini suggests, are in den...
Adventures in Marxism
Marshall Berman explores and rejoices in the emancipatory potential of Marxism.
Against Post-Modernism: A Marxist Critique
Callinocos argues that the relativism preached by post-modernists leaves us with no objective criteria by which to reject those who would falsify the past.
All cultures are not equal
A common thread binds contemporary Western radicalism and fundamentalist Islam. On the surface the two seem poles apart: fundamentalists loathe Western decadence, Western radicals fear Islamic presump...
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and clutures in the modern world, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical ide...
Anarchism, Representation, and Culture: Cohn, Jesse
A discussion of the role of anarchism in the formation of modernist avant-garde aesthetics.
Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. After an introduction critiquing the so-called 'Marxism' of the academy, Hutnyk provides detailed...
Baxandall, Lee: Connexipedia Article
American writer, translator, editor, and activist, first known for his New Left engagement with cultural topics and then as a leader of the naturist movement. (1935-2008).
Berman, Marshall: Connexipedia Article
American philosopher and Marxist Humanist writer. (Born 1940).
Beyond a Boundary
Part memoir of a boyhood in a black colony (by one of the founders of African nationalism), part passionate celebration of the game of cricket, this book raises serious questions about race, class, po...
Bound By Power: Intended Consequences
Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.)
These essays focus on how power and ideology work within society. Interviews are with Noam Chomsky, Linda McQuaig, Robert Bertuzzi and others. They speak to the issues of the understanding of power an...
Civility: A Cultural History
Through a historical, social, and psychological discussion of the civility practices in 3 nations - England, France and the United States, Davetian addresses major topics in public discourse today reg...
Connexions Library: Arts, Media, Culture Focus
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on media, culture, and art.
The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998
Fredric Jameson, a leading voice on the subject of postmodernism, assembles his most powerful writings on the culture of capitalism.
Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America
Propaganda-talk, euphemism, and evasion are so much a part of American usage today that they cross all party lines and ideological divides. The art of not answering the question, of cloaking unpleasan...
Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why
Reed, Adolph Jr.
On reflection, it's possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests a...
Edward Said, Orientalism: Reviewed by Malcolm Kerr
The book contains many excellent sections and scores many telling points, but it is spoiled by overzealous prosecutorial argument in which Professor Said, in his eagerness to spin too large a web, lea...
For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their enemies
A rebuttal of Edward Said which examines who the Orientalists were, how historically they advanced their disciplines, and what their achievements have been. Irwin calls Said's book "a work of malignan...
Format and Communications: Chapter 9 of 'Speaking and Language: Defence of Poetry'
The German Ideology: Critique of Modern German Philosophy According to Its Representatives Feuerbach, B. Bauer and Stirner, and of German Socialism According to
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Marx and Engels take on the "philosophic charlatanry" and pettiness and "parochial narrowness" of the pseudo-radicals of their time, "in particular the tragicomic contrast between the illusions of the...
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science
Gross, Paul; Levitt, Norman
Describes attacks on science, and on concepts of truth and rationality, in areas of the humanities.
Ignorance and Courage in the Age of Lady Gaga
It can be safely said that cultural ignorance consists of the rational, sensible questions that never get asked. But it also includes the weird ones that are. For instance, one of the questions asked ...
The Illusions of Postmodernism
Eagleton explores the origins and emergence of postmodernism, revealing its ambivalences and contradictions. His primary concern is less with the more intricate formulations of postmodern philosophy t...
Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution
An attempt to make the university of humanity a conscious coordinated effort towards humanity at peace with itself and its environment.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Logics of Disintegration: Post-Structuralist Thought and the Claims of Critical Theory
Essays summarizing and critiquing post-structuralism. According to Dews, for all its posture of radicality, post-structuralist thought is itself bound to certain vulnerable assumptions. Dews argues th...
Macdonald, Dwight: Connexipedia Article
American writer, editor, social critic, philosopher, and political radical. (1906-1982).
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
The Movement and the Sixties
Anderson, Terry H.
Drawing on interviews, manuscripts, and archives, Anderson reveals how one event built upon another and exploed into the kaleidoscope of activism in the United States by the early 1970s. Civil rights,...
Multiculturalism or World Culture?: On a "Left"-Wing Response to Contemporary Social Breakdown
Post-modernists are profoundly bored by any questions of economics and technology which cannot be connected to cultural differences. The implicit agenda of the multiculturalists is to present the valu...
The Nazis and Deconstruction: Jean-Pierre Faye's Demolition of Derrida
A review of Jean-Pierre Faye's book 'La raison narrative', which traces the Nazi origins of deconstructionist and post-modernist concepts and terminology. Faye shows, for example, that the concept of ...
Not Speaking and Speaking: Chapter 1 of 'Speaking and Language: Defence of Poetry'
Nothing Mat(t)ers: A Feminist Critique of Postmodernism
An explanation of the foundation of recent post-modern theory which also criticises the misogynist and patriarchal work of Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Jean-Fr...
Only Connect: On Culture and Communication
Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social: Deconstruction and Deindustrialization
We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) pi...
Postmodernism and the Left
Barabara Epstein provides an overview of the approach and subculture of postmodernism and how they relate to, or conflict with, leftwing ideas.
Bulhak, Andrew C.
A computer program written by Andrew. C. Bulhak using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text. Each time you click on the page, it generates a brand-new postmodernist essay, completely me...
Postmodernism: Paralysed by postmodernism
A great deal of "theory" in the humanities and social sciences -- and not just postmodern theory -- involves the creating of a kind of conceptual landscape filled with curious kinds of abstract object...
Problems of Everyday Life: And Other Writings On Culture & Science
The focus of this book is the impact of the Russian Revolution of the culture life of the country -- and conversely, the effect of the country's cultural backwardness on the course of the revolution. ...
Radical Perspectives in the Arts
Baxandall, Lee (ed.)
An anthology of Marxist literary and cultural criticism.
Raids and Reconstructions: Essays on Politics, Crime, and Culture
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus
A collection of essays on culture and poltics.
Raymond Williams and the Moral Project of the New Left: A review of 'Views Beyond the Border Country: Raymond Williams and Cultural Politics'
Views Beyond the Border Country is an ample demonstration that activist-scholarship, a concrete political standpoint and the insights of feminism and anti-racism ought to inform the politics of any fu...
Reading Orientalism: Said and the unsaid
Varisco, Daniel Martin
An extensive discussion of Edward Said's influential 1978 polemic 'Orientalism'. Varisco mounts a sustained critique on Said's flawed methodology, his skewed and selective handling of literary evidenc...
Edward Said's shadowy legacy: Tricky with argument, weak in languages, careless of facts: but, thirty years on, Said still dominates debate
So many academics want the arguments presented in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) to be true. It discourages any kind of critical approach to Islam in Middle Eastern studies.
Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape
A collection of thirty short essays by Joyce Nelson, a writer specializing in the politics of the mass media.
Society of the Spectacle
An analysis of modern society and how it can be changed, written in the form of 221 theses. The first thesis reads: "In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an ...
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Towards a Method for the Revolutionary Reconstruction of Everyday Life
On the critique and transformation of everyday life as a key part of the struggle for revolutionary transformation. Published in Liberation magazine April 1972.
The Trouble with Theory: The Educational Costs of Postmodernism
Postmodern theory has engaged the hearts and heads of the brightest students because of its apparent political and social radicalism. Yet Kitching writes: "At the heart of postmodernism is very poor, ...
The Unfashionable Human Body
A discussion of apparel, in the broadest sense of the word, and how it has reflected and shaped attitudes to the human body.
The Uses of Literacy
In this partly autobiographical book Hoggart observes the loss of an authentic popular culture and denounces the imposition of mass culture by the culture industries.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
Walter Benjamin: Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism
Eagleton's goal here is to to contemplate Benjamin's approach to language, history, and art and to chart a dynamic new course for contemporary socialist criticism.
Where Do Postmodernists Come From?
Eagleton argues that left intellectuals have adopted postmodernism out of a sense of having been badly defeated, a belief that the left as a political tendency has little future. Culturalism, he argue...
Sources Experts & Spokespersons
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), located in New York, comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories and its renowned library. The collections contain over 32 m...
The British Museum
The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture situated in London. Its collections, which number more than 7 million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continen...
Deutsches Historisches Museum
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM, German Historical Museum) was founded in 1987 by the chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, and the mayor of Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the founding o...
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, t...
The public's library and digital archive. Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history,...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is a museum dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. It was established in 1989 through an Act of Cong...
Tokyo National Museum
Established 1872, the Tokyo National Museum (To-kyo- Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum collects, houses and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects o...
The Book-of-the-Millennium Club
For $249.50, which is (for all practical purposes) $250, one could buy, in 1952, a hundred pounds of Great Books: four hundred and forty-three works by seventy-six authors, ranging chronologically and...
Communicating in Canada's Past
Essays in Media History
Allen, Gene; Robinson, Daniel J. (eds.)
Address sizable gaps in the literature on media history in Canada. Includes a substantial introduction to media history as a field of study and essays on a range of subjects, including print journalis...
Dialogues on Cultural Studies
Interviews with Contemporary Critics
edited by Xie, Shaobo; Wang, Fengzhen
Thirty-three questions were asked (but not necessarily answered) of each participant, dealing with cultural studies, modernity, postmodernism, referentiality, ideology and history, post-colonialism, n...
Race, Culture, and Canadian Art
Gagnon, Mokia Kin
A collection of essays on Canadian art.
From the Connexions Archives
Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Documents for the public
Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.