From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society: New Theories of the Contemporary World, Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.
By Krishan Kumar
"This superb book, which has been essential reading sice its original publication, now includes a major new introductory chapter, covering theories of globalization and multiple modernities. Kumar manages to be both judicious and provocative, comprehensive and clear, and magisterial and readable. The book is an indispensable guide to these highly contested yet inescapable attempts to theorize modern societies."
-- William Outhwaite, University of Sussex
"From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society has established itself as an incomparable classic of modern sociology. The second edition extends the range of the original text to address new problems of globalism, and thereby intergrated the globalization debate into concerns about post-modernity. A singular achievement."
-- Bryan Turner, Cambridge University
In the second edition of this classic study, Krishan Kumar introduces and assesses the rival claims of three theories crucial to an understanding of contemporary social theory: the information society; post-Fordism; and post-modernism. Explaining how these theories developed and why they have held such an appeal, the author provides the most readable and evenly balanced account of three very different, but overlapping paradigms. In a new and substantial introduction, Kumar places the three key approaches withing the context of contemporary discourse on globalization. From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand contemporary theories of social, cultural, and economic change.