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The End of Modernity

What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us

Stuart Sim

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Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards.

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Part I: The End of Modernith? The Cultural Dimension
1. Introduction: The End of Modernity
2. Modernity: Promise and Reality
3. Beyond Postmodernity
Part II: The End of Modernity? The Economic Dimension
4. Marx was Right, But ...
5. Diagnosing the Market: Fundamentalism as Cure, Fundamentalism as Disease
6. Forget Friedman
Part III: Beyond Modernity
7. Learning from the Arts: Life After Modernism
8. Politics After Modernity
9. Conclusion: A Post-Progress World

About the Author

Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University. He has published widely on critical theory, and is a Fellow of the English Association. Amongst his recent publications are The Lyotard Dictionary (2011), Addicted to Profit: Reclaiming Our Lives from the Free Market (2012), Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (2013), and, with Brett Wilson and Barbara Hawkins (eds) Art, Science & Cultural Understanding (2014).


There is always a need for clearly written cultural theory that is accessible but tries to identify macro trends using contemporary examples and data. Stuart Sim excels in this kind of informed, politically engaged, sceptical theory which is not infatuated with jargon or mystification. It's grown-up analysis for students of contemporary culture. Sim has authority, is totally on top of the material and has a certain quiet panache.
- Caspar Melville, New Humanist Magazine