Fragments of Modernity
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From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

Fragments of Modernity

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

By David Frisby

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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.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262061032 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262560467 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

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  • 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