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Baudrillard, Jean

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Elaine Campbell


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Despite his numerous attempts to dismiss and distance himself from postmodernism, Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) is repeatedly hailed, often perjoratively, as its `high priest’. Described as a nihilistic 'philosopher of ends’ and a `theorist of eschatologies’, there is much about Baudrillard’s work which aligns it with the postmodernist rejection of truth, reality, and metanarratives. Yet, this characterisation glosses over his significant contributions to social and cultural theory and his intellectual standing as a theorist of consumer culture, media and communication, techno-culture, and everyday life. Baudrillard’s work resonates across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and his original and provocative analyses are a point of reference for disciplines as diverse as photography, design studies, human geography, fine and digital arts, media studies, international relations, cultural studies, and sociology.

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Author(s): Campbell E

Editor(s): Bryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, J. Michael Ryan, and William Outhwaite

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Year: 2017

Print publication date: 20/11/2017

Online publication date: 04/12/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Place Published: Oxford


DOI: 10.1002/9781118430873.est0571

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ISBN: 9781118430873