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We Have Never Been PostmodernTheory at the Speed of Light$
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Steve Redhead

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643448

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643448.001.0001

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(p.36) CHAPTER 3 Post-Space
We Have Never Been Postmodern

Steve Redhead

Edinburgh University Press

As a contribution to the debates in contemporary social and cultural theory, especially since the mid-1990s, where a rethinking of the notion of modernity was initially taking place, this chapter concentrate on the notion of ‘post-space’, or alternatively ‘post-architecture’. Post-space as a concept is itself a reframing of the struggles for meaning within, and over, postmodern architecture in relation to current critical theorists of postmodernism such as Fredric Jameson and Douglas Kellner. In these debates, many contemporary social and cultural theorists have turned away from an erstwhile obsession with postmodernity, postmodernism, and the idea of the postmodern in general without formulating an alternative theoretical direction. As one possible conceptual resource for retheorising modernity in this context, this chapter considers the concept of critical modernity, or new modernity, as developed by Claude Parent.

Keywords:   contemporary social theory, cultural theory, modernity, post-architecture, post-sapce, postmodernism, Claude Parent, critical modernity

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