The 1960s was postbourgeois
, setting aside nettlesome social constraints.
Taken together, the works on view express the despairing atomization, and the compromised longing for solidarity, of a postbourgeois
creative class hovering on the brink of its own obsolescence.
Suburbia: Office Space and the New American Suburb." JPC 42.3 (2009): 497-514.
(8) Johann Baptist Metz, The Emergent Church: The Future of Christianity in a Postbourgeois
World, trans, Peter Mann (New York: Crossroad, 1981), pp.
(29) Johann Baptist Metz, The Emergent Church--The Future of Christianity in a PostBourgeois
World, London, SCM, 1981, p.
Religion does not transform society; rather, bourgeois society does not rest until religion fits in with itself and with what it considers reasonable" (Johann Baptist Metz, The Emergent Church: The Future of Christianity in a Postbourgeois
The idea that the United States and similar societies are dominated by a decadent, postbourgeois
"new class" was developed by thinkers in the Trotskyist tradition like James Burnham and Max Schachtman, who influenced an older generation of neocons.
Robbins does a good job of defining what I would call the postbourgeois
cosmopolite, and it is worth noting in passing that both 19th-century nationalists and post-World War II communists did make public their dislike of the cosmopolitan tastes and practices of those bound, to quote from Kundera's recent novel Identity, by a "a friendship above nation." Cheah's point is not to be ignored, either: "The world is undoubtedly interconnected, and transnational mobility is clearly on the rise.
In many Western countries issues involving postbourgeois
versus materialist values, gender issues, public versus private consumption, and state employment have gained ascendancy.
"In other words," he writes in summary, "the language of postbourgeois
theory about the public realm is not adequate to treat the complications of the relationship of literary (and dramatic and cinematic) fiction to public discourse, and my readings of the fiction, although borrowing from the theory, also expose its flaws" (4).
30 Johann Baptist Metz, The Emergent Church: The Future of Christianity in a Postbourgeois
World (New York: Crossroad Publishers, 1981), p.
Another striking contribution to this project of commemorating the functions of the now defunct postbourgeois
public sphere--or of reconceiving and thereby resuscitating it--is Julien's staging of an ongoing public reading of all three volumes of Das Kapital, in a simulated agora space designed by the architect David Adjaye for the Biennale's extensive performance program.