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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.
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
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
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