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Late capitalism


Frederic Jameson: Postmodernism as a movement in arts and culture corresponding to a new configuration of politics and economics, "late capitalism": transnational consumer economies based on global scope of capitalism. (See Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism)

"History is only accessible to us in narrative form". History requires representation, mediation, in narrative, a story-form encoded as historical.
Dissolution of the transparency of history and tradition: Can we get to the (unmediated) referents of history?
Multiculturalism, competing views of history and tradition.
Shift from universal histories, from the long durée (long time-span of historical periods), to local and explicitly contingent histories. History and identity politics: who can write or make art? for whom? from what standpoint?