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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.119) CHAPTER 8 Post-Catastrophe
We Have Never Been Postmodern

Steve Redhead

Edinburgh University Press

Taking this argument about the breakdown in ‘mobile city cultures’ further, this chapter considers some more possibilities of a claustropolitan, as opposed to cosmopolitan, sociology. It looks at how this might help people track ‘the trajectories of the catastrophic’, an enterprise which heavily involves a further investigation of the stimulating but contradictory work of Paul Virilio amongst other theorists. Claustropolitanism and claustropolitan sociology, this chapter holds, is not only a potential alternative to the influential thinking of ‘cosmopolitan sociology’. It is, most certainly, a sociology of claustropolis not cosmopolis. But it also points to how social theory might be done now, a social theory from within the claustropolis — a reflection of how it is to live within the accelerated, ‘shrunken’ world.

Keywords:   claustropolitan, sociology, catastrophic, Paul Virilio, cosmopolis, cosmopolitan sociology

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