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  1. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, Biotechnology, Ethics, and the Politics of Cloning.
    As we move into a new millennium fraught with terror and danger, a global postmodern cosmopolis is unfolding in the midst of rapid evolutionary and social changes co-constructed by science, technology, and the restructuring of global capital. We are quickly morphing into a new biological and social existence that is ever-more mediated and shaped by computers, mass media, and biotechnology, all driven by the logic of capital and a powerful emergent technoscience. In this global context, science is no longer merely (...)
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  2. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, Dawns,Twilights, and Transitions: Postmodern Theories, Politics, and Challenges.
    The postmodern turn which has so marked social and cultural theory also involves conflicts between modern and postmodern politics. In this essay, we articulate the differences between modern and postmodern politics and argue against one-sided positions which dogmatically reject one tradition or the other in favor of partisanship for either the modern or the postmodern. Arguing for a politics of alliance and solidarity, we claim that this project is best served by drawing on the most progressive elements of both the (...)
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  3. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, Debord and the Postmodern Turn: New Stages of the Spectacle.
    "But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence, ... illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness,".
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  4. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, Rap, Black Rage, and Racial Difference.
    Ice Cube "What's a brother gotta do to get a message through to the Red, White, and Blue?" Ice-T Rap music has emerged as one of the most distinctive and controversial music genres of the past decade. A significant part of hip hop culture, [1] rap articulates the experiences and conditions of African-Americans living in a spectrum of marginalized situations ranging from racial stereotyping and stigmatizing to struggle for survival in violent ghetto conditions. In this cultural context, rap provides a (...)
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  5. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, The Apocalyptic Vision of Philip K. Dick.
    The past several decades have exhibited vertiginous change, surprising novelties, and upheaval in an era marked by technological revolution and the global restructuring of capitalism.1 This "great transformation," comparable in scope to the shifts produced by the Industrial Revolution, is moving the world into a postindustrial, infotainment, and biotech mode of global capitalism, organized around new information, communications, and genetic technologies. The scientific-technological-economic revolutions of the era and spread of the global economy are providing new financial opportunities, openings for political (...)
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  6. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, The Postmodern Turn in Philosophy: Theoretical Provocations and Normative Deficits.
    In the realm of philosophy and other theoretical discourses, there are many different paths to the turn from the modern to the postmodern, representing a complex genealogy of diverse and often divergent trails through different disciplines and cultural terrains. One pathway moves through an irrationalist tradition from romanticism to existentialism to French postmodernism via the figures of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Bataille into the proliferation of French postmodern theory. This is the route charted by Jurgen Habermas in The Philosophical Discourse of (...)
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  7. Richard Rorty, Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, And Postmodern Theory.
    In theorizing the postmodern, one inevitably encounters the postmodern assault on theory, such as Lyotard's and Foucault's attack on modern theory for its alleged totalizing and essentializing character. The argument is ironic, of course, since it falsely homogenizes a heterogeneous "modern tradition" and since postmodern theorists like Foucault and Baudrillard are often as totalizing as any modern thinker (Kellner 1989 and Best 1995). But where Lyotard seeks justification of theory within localized language games, arguing that no universal criteria are possible (...)
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  8. Steven Best (forthcoming). Marx and the Problem of Conflicting Models of History. Philosophical Forum.
    Some critics argue that Marx has conflicting models of history: a "continuist" model that interprets history as a unified, evolutionary movement, and a "discontinuist" model that sees capitalist society as a break from all preceding social formations. I argue that Marx in fact does have multiple models of history, but that these are not incompatible or contradictory. Rather, Marx adopts a "perspectival" or "contextualist" approach that employs different models to gain different perspectives on the historical process. I provide a close (...)
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  9. Steven Best (2006). Genetic Science, Animal Exploitation, and the Challenge for Democracy. AI and Society 20 (1):6-21.
    As the debates over cloning and stem cell research indicate, issues raised by biotechnology combine research into the genetic sciences, perspectives and contexts articulated by the social sciences, and the ethical and anthropological concerns of philosophy. Consequently, I argue that intervening in the debates over biotechnology requires supra-disciplinary critical philosophy and social theory to illuminate the problems and their stakes. In addition, debates over cloning and stem cell research raise exceptionally important challenges to bioethics and a democratic politics of communication.
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  10. Frank Dobbin, Charles Perrow, Tom Pollard, Ray Pratt, Timothy W. Luke, Steven Best & Douglas Kellner (2004). Contributors to This Issue 131–132 Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2003 133–134. Theory and Society 33:741-743.
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  11. Steven Best, El Paso, James Bohman, Randall Collins, Mark Cooney, Diane Davis, Maria Epele, Capital Federal, Argentina Steven Epstein & Jennifer Jordan (2002). Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2001. Theory and Society 31 (149).
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  12. Michael A. Peters, Paulo Ghiraldelli, Steven Best, Ramin Farahmandpur, Jim Garrison, Douglas Kellner, James D. Marshall, Peter McLaren, Michael Peters, Björn Ramberg, Alberto Tosi Rodrigues, Juha Suoranta & Kenneth Wain (2001). Richard Rorty: Education, Philosophy, and Politics. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This distinctive collection by scholars from around the world focuses upon the cultural, educational, and political significance of his thought.
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  13. Steven Best & Douglas Kellner (1999). Debord, Cybersituations, and the Interactive Spectacle. Substance 28 (3):129-156.
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