By G. McLennan

In a scientific and accomplished research of the connection among sociology and cultural reviews, Gregor McLennan lucidly publications us from critical philosophical questions within the social sciences to new interpretations of such pressing modern questions as Eurocentrism, multiculturalism, and reflexivity.

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However, postmodern conjuncturalism had considerable difficulty getting rid of structural and causal reasoning. For example, having told us that society is radically decentred, that meta-discourses have been negated and that cultural forms are fragmented and indeterminate, During explained that all this was part of ‘the globalization and consequent concentration of media/cultural production over the past decades’ (During 1993: 15–16), an explanatory move that is wholly dependent upon rationalist understanding and social realism.

What constitutes the conceptual limits of a ‘society’ are rarely discussed; where limits are recognized, a society is generally defined as coterminous with the geographical territory of the nation-state: ‘American society’, ‘Japanese society’, ‘French ‘society’, and so on. However, all these national particulars can be specified and described in terms of the presumably universal concepts and theories of a presumably generally-applicable sociological master narrative. In this way, sociology manages to construct a world of separate, clearly demarcated ‘societies’ whose differences can be contained as mere variations of the same.

But they do not run to cultural studies for solace. What they want, along with some of the tools and perspectives borrowed from sociology itself, is their own ‘standpoint epistemology’, something that cultural studies, in all its sophistication, can no longer contemplate without qualms. Queer theory is a more promising candidate for convergence because its authors tend to reproduce all the extravagant terminology of postmodern conjuncturalism, in return for which cultural studies can share the disruptive aura of all-purpose outing and antinormalization.

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