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Distributed for Semiotext e. Baudrillard's unsettling coda: previously unpublished texts written just before the visionary theorist's death in History that repeats itself turns to farce.

But a farce that repeats itself ends up making a history. But in the free-form market of political and sexual liberation, as the possibility of revolution and our understanding of it dissipates, Baudrillard sees the hegemonic process as only beginning.

Once expelled, negativity returns from within ourselves as an antagonistic force—most vividly in the phenomenon of terrorism, but also as irony, mockery, and the symbolic liquidation of all human values. This is the dimension of hegemony marked by an unbridled circulation—of capital, goods, information, or manufactured history—that is bringing the very concept of exchange to an end and pushing capital beyond its limits: to the point at which it destroys the conditions of its own existence.

In the system of hegemony, the alienated, the oppressed, and the colonized find themselves on the side of the system that holds them hostage. In this paradoxical moment in which history has turned to farce, domination itself may appear to have been a lesser evil. Sadri Khiari. Maurizio Lazzarato. Search Search. Search Advanced Search close Close. Preview Preview. Add to Cart Buying Options. Request Permissions Exam copy. Overview Author s. Summary Baudrillard's unsettling coda: previously unpublished texts written just before the visionary theorist's death in Share Share Share email.

Authors Jean Baudrillard Jean Baudrillard — was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision.

An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. Other Books in this Series See More.


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He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as simulation and hyperreality. He wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism , gender relations , economics, social history , art, Western foreign policy , and popular culture. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and specifically post-structuralism. Baudrillard was born in Reims , northeastern France, on 27 July His grandparents were peasant farm workers and his father a gendarme. Subsequently, he began teaching Sociology at the Paris X Nanterre , a university campus just outside Paris which would become heavily involved in the events of May In , Baudrillard made the first of his many trips to the United States Aspen , Colorado , and in , the first of several trips to Kyoto , Japan.

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Steve Redhead. Jean Baudrillard has been savagely vilified by his detractors, but the lasting influence of his work on twenty first century critical thought, cultural politics, war studies, media events, art theory and pop culture is impossible to deny. Jean Baudrillard consistently attempted to produce a radically uncertain picture of the modern world, and what could be called very late Baudrillard is no exception. This post-Baudrillard body of work is certainly significant and is likely to have a lasting effect on the intellectual field of theory — theory after theory, as it might be characterised see, for example Elliot and Attridge, — way into the future. Work from this text bleeds into others.

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