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Jean Baudrillard

French sociologist and philosopher

1929   -   2007

movement: post-structuralism, degrowth
country of citizenship: France
educated at: University of Paris
occupation: philosopher, photographer, translator, sociologist, professor, literary critic
influenced by: Karl Marx, Ferdinand de Saussure, Claude Lévi-Strauss

Jean Baudrillard (; French: [ʒɑ̃ bodʁijaʁ]; 27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as simulation and hyperreality. He wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism, gender relations, economics, social history, art, Western foreign policy, and popular culture. Among his best known works are Simulacra and Simulation (1981), America (1986), and The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991). His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and specifically post-structuralism.
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