We have never been postmodern: reading Jean Baudrillard

S.C. Redhead

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Jean Baudrillard was perhaps the most controversial of all social and cultural theorists. He has been variously vilified as a 'postmodernist', an 'overrated French theorist' and one of the 'intellectual imposters'. In his seventies, he survived global fame and a name check in "The Matrix"; he also contracted cancer. His comments on 9/11, Abu Ghraib and Europe's suburban riots have been eagerly sought and digested. However, his translated publications since his first book in 1968 have left a trail of confusion and misinterpretation.Jean Baudrillard is a notorious figure but few have read many examples of his entire oeuvre. There is now though a chance to read Baudrillard's texts in an overall historical, social and political context and for a cool re-assessment to be made of his life and work, after his death. This book is a central part of that project. It concentrates on what Baudrillard has written over five decades and the order in which he wrote it. The Reader comprises extracts of Baudrillard's writings from the sixties to the noughties, with an editorial introduction and a concluding reading guide.This is the first collection of Jean Baudrillard's work in the English language It illustrates the development and interconnectedness of Baudrillard's work since the 1960s. Each section has an extract of one of Jean Baudrillard's writings translated into English, prefaced by a short bibliographical introduction setting the scene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Jean Baudrillard Reader
EditorsS. Redhead
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)074862788X
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2008


  • Jean Baudrillard
  • sport and leisure cultures
  • postmodern


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