Sunday, June 10, 2012
Postmodernism, greatly influenced by the New Left, tended toward an antipathy to class politics and the working class at a time of phenomenal rank-and-file militancy. it ended up dominating the intellectual landscape, ain and out of the academy, for subsequent decades. Sanbonmatsu argues in this volume that postmodernism rose not only on its own merits, but as a result of the neoliberalization of the Western university system and partially reflected the strivings of academics to distinguish their ideas as products or “knowledge commodities” for career advancement across a changing academic terrain. While positioned on the leftward end of the spectrum, postmodernism evinced an affinity for the flux, flows, fragmentation, and hybridity of globalized capital.
Capital and its Discontents, ed. Sasha Lilley