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Paperback | Out of Print | 6 x 9 in | July 1988 | ISBN: 9780262560467
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Fragments of Modernity

Theories of Modernity in the Work of Simmel, Kracauer, and Benjamin


Fragments of Modernity provides a critical introduction to the work of three of the most original German thinkers of the early 20th century. In their different ways, all three illuminated the experience of the modern in urban life, whether in mid-19th-century Paris or in Berlin at the turn of the century or later as the vanguard city of the Weimar Republic. They related the new modes of experiencing the world to the maturation of the money economy (Simmel), the process of rationalization of capital (Kracauer), and the fantasy world of commodity fetishism (Benjamin)—in each case focusing on those fragments of social experience that could best capture the sense of modernity.

Fragments of Modernity is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

About the Author

David Frisby is Reader in Sociology at Glasgow University.


"An essential resource not only for students of 20th-century German thought, but also for anyone wrestling with the dilemmas of contemporary existence."
- Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley