Synopses & Reviews
This is the first dictionary dedicated to the work of Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007). It explains and contextualises more than a hundred key concepts, terms, influences and topics within his thought. An essential reference for students and scholars of Baudrillard, it also serves as an authoritative overview of how his ideas have shaped a broad range of disciplines, from art, architecture, film and photography to sociology, philosophy, human geography, media studies and cultural studies. The entries are written by 35 leading Baudrillard specialists from around the world, including Rex Butler, Mike Gane, Gary Genosko, Victoria Grace, Diane Rubenstein and Andrew Wernick.
Dedicated to the work of Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007), one of the world's most influential and controversial public intellectuals, this singular dictionary is an essential introduction to the impact of Baudrillard's ideas on popular culture, art, architecture, sociology, media studies, film, and photography. It defines, details, and contextualizes key terms and influences within Baudrillard's thought, including hyperreality, symbolic exchange, reversibility, simulation, disappearance, seduction, fashion, metaphysics, cloning, the Gulf War, terrorism, and 9/11. Entries are written by more than thirty Baudrillard specialists, including Rex Butler, Mike Gane, Gary Genosko, Victoria Grace, Diane Rubenstein, and Andrew Wernick. Drawing together the expertise of scholars from many countries and disciplines, this dictionary serves as an authoritative yet accessible introduction to the concepts, themes, and philosophical writings of Baudrillard.
About the Author
Richard G. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Swansea University