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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.105) CHAPTER 7 Post-Politics
We Have Never Been Postmodern

Steve Redhead

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter aims to sound a warning about the possible knee jerk return to past theorists in the detritus of the collapse of faith in the neo-liberal ideas that have ruled the globe since the 1970s. All theory is produced in a political and social context, so it is important to trace the context of the production of previous theories which now may be turned to in the midst of crises, once again, even if they ended up the first time around in some kind of ‘post-political’ vacuum. In the early 1990s, it could be written in a book of essays on postmodernism, politics and culture, that after postmodernism, post-fordism, post-marxism, people are now being offered the post-political. The implication is that people are entering an age where the central focus of new thinking and collective activity is moving away from the political party.

Keywords:   neo-liberal ideas, post-political vacuum, postmodernism, political party, post-fordism, post-marxism

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