Ritical Book Review Modernity and Postmodern Culture by Jim McGuigan

Undergraduate Sociology Course:
Module: Contemporary Social Theory
Critical Book Review:McGuigan, J. (1999) Modernity and Postmodern Culture. UK, Open University Press

Marking Criteria:
Clear, concise and through summary of main book under review
Evidence of wide, critical, independent reading around the topic/s
Clear, convincing and original links between different texts/theoretical ideas
Advanced organisation, writing style, and argumentation
Flawless referencing and bibliography

Introduction250 words
Summary of the book (need to know the main arguments)300 words
Discussion(a)Book Review (including critiques, strengths, and weaknesses) 750 words
(b) Links to other texts 650 words
Conclusion (own opinion, explaining whether its a good book to read)550 words

The review should include the following components:

” an introduction outlining your assessment of the book;
” a summary of the author s main thesis/argument(s);
” a critique of the work (meaning both strengths and weaknesses);
” a discussion of how the work relates to other theory you have read; and
” a statement about what the book contributes to your understanding of the topic and/or to your social practices.

It needs to be critical deep analysis, need other sources with same ideas, and sources with contradictions.

Needs to ensure that the review have meet the questions:
 Is the argument / thesis convincing? Is the evidence valid?
 Is the methodology appropriate? Any weaknesses?
 What questions remain unanswered? Is anything omitted?
 Could the data be interpreted in another way?
 How does the book contribute to the field? Does it make an original contribution to the field?
 Is the argument / thesis of this book as convincing as other things I ve read?
 Is the methodology as strong as X s and Y s?
 What questions remain unanswered / omitted that I have seen elsewhere?
 Could the data be interpreted in another way  such as in examples X and Y?
 How does the book contribute to the field? Does it make an original contribution to the field which consists of other books/articles such as X and Y?

I have attached the lecture notes that may be useful.
McGuigan, J. (1999) Modernity and Postmodern Culture. UK, Open University Press

Baudrillard, J. (1975 [1973]) The Mirror of Production. St Louis, MO: Telos Press.

Baudrillard, J. (1994b [1992] The Illusions of the End. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bauman, Z. (1992) Intimations of Postmordernity. London and New York:Routledge

Beck, U. (1992a [1986]) Risk Society: Towards a new Modernity. London and Newbury Park, CA: Sage

Giddens, A. (1990) the Consequences of Modernity. Cambrige:Polity Press

Should use other references on Baudrillard, J., Weber, M., Marx, K., Giddens, A., Beck, U., Castells, M., McGuigan, J., Foucault, M.