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Cultural Theory

Cultural Theory

Four Volume Set
Edited by:

August 2010 | 1 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This four volume collection brings together papers from a range of different journals from different fields, sub-disciplines and disciplines that address the central problem of the relation between culture and society. In doing so, it frames understandings of experience, text, meaning, power, stratification, identity, representation, practice, discourse, materiality, image, technology, and the many other concepts and categories in the context of this fundamental interrelationship.

Although the themes of culture and society provide the broad parameters of these four volumes, Cultural Theory makes visible some of the different objects of theoretical discourse that different schools of thought and theoretical paradigms have thrown before us. The four volumes traverse the disciplines of, amongst others, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, literary theory, media and communication studies, and science and technology studies, to provide a sense of the development and extension of cultural theory from initial and longstanding questions about power and agency, ordinary and popular cultural practice, and representation to ones about the body, sensory experience and identity to the changing natural and built environment and questions about global humanity and justice to developments in the global cultural economy concerning information, technology and value.

Throughout this collection, the editor offers a coherent, complex, and multiply inflected narrative which is both grounded in the substantive histories of the field and oriented to some of its most exciting and forward looking ideas and prospects.

The Uses of Literacy and the Cultural Turn Stuart Hall
Base and Superstructure in Marxist Theory Raymond Williams
Orientalism Reconsidered Edward Said
Culture and Communication: Toward an ethnographic critique of media consumption in the transnational media system Ien Ang
Useful Culture Tony Bennett
Neoliberal Newspeak Pierre Bourdieu and Loïc Wacquant
Clifford Geertz and the Strong Program: The human sciences and cultural sociology Jeffrey C. Alexander
Power and Agency
The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without guarantees Stuart Hall
The Orthopsychic Subject: Film theory and the reception of Lacan Joan Copjec
Post-Marxism without Apologies Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of government Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose
Power after Hegemony: Cultural studies in mutation Scott Lash
Representation, Popular Culture, and Everyday Life
Fiction and Its Phantoms: A reading of Freud's Das Unheimliche (The "Uncanny") Héléne Cixous
After Representation Ian Hunter
Too-blue: Colour-patch for an expanded empiricism Brian Massumi
The Aristocracy of Culture Pierre Bourdieu
On the Oppositional Practices of Everyday Life Michel de Certeau
Collectives and Classification
The Social Space and the Genesis of Groups Pierre Bourdieu
Sexual Difference and Collective Identities: The New Global Constellation Seyla Benhabib
The Commitment to Theory Homi Bhabha
Humans, Animals, Machines Kate Soper
The Gendered Ontology of Multitude Mary Hawkesworth
Can Immanence Explain Social Struggles? Ernesto Laclau
Race Ends Here Paul Gilroy
Identity, Style, and Performance
Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An essay in phenomenology and feminist theory Judith Butler
Femininity as Performance Valerie Walkerdine
Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial difference and the homoerotic imaginary Kobena Mercer
The Toilet Paper: Femininity, class and mis-recognition Beverley Skeggs
On Ethics and Feminism: Reflecting on Levinas' ethics of non-(in)difference Vikki Bell
On 'The Necessity and "Impossibility" of Identities': The politics and ethics of 'new ethnicities' Brett St Louis
Bodies, Objects and Experiencing the World
Feminism, Film Theory and the Bachelor Machines Constance Penley
Social Cinema Scenes Nirmal Puwar
The History of Sensibilities: Of the standard of taste in mid-eighteenth century England and the circulation of smells in post-revolutionary France David Howes and Marc Lalonde
What if it didn't All Begin and End with Containment? Toward a leaky sense of self Erin Manning
Getting Real: Technoscientific practices and the materialization of reality Karen Barad
The Nature of Prozac Mariam Fraser
A Relativistic Account of Einstein's Relativity Bruno Latour
Spaces and Environments
Politics and Space/Time Doreen Massey
Spaces of Identity David Morley and Kevin Robins
The Political Mobilization of Nature in Seventeenth-Century French Formal Gardens Chandra Mukerji
Testing Powers of Engagement: Green Living Experiments, the Ontological Turn and the Undoability of Involvement Noortje Marres
Technological Zones Andrew Barry
European Cities, the Informational Society, and the Global Economy Manuel Castells
The Urbanization of Empire: Megacities and the laws of chaos Mike Davis
People as Infrastructure: Intersecting fragments in Johannesburg Abdul Maliq Simone
Ordering Insecurity: Social Polarization and the Punitive Upsurge Loïc Wacquant
Cosmopolitan Knowledge and the Production and Consumption of Sexualized Space: Manchester's gay village Jon Binnie and Beverley Skeggs
Urbanism and City Spaces in the Work of Stuart Hall Michael Keith
Politics and Humanity
Culture as the Ideological Battleground of the Modern World-System Immanuel Wallerstein
Cultural Studies and the Neo-Liberal Imagination John Frow
Islam in Public: New visibilities and new imaginaries Nilufer Göle
Cosmopolitan Modernity: Everyday imaginaries and the register of difference Mica Nava
The fetish of the margins: religious absolutism, anti-racism and postcolonial silence Chetan Bhatt
Sexual politics, torture and secular time Judith Butler
Zones of Indistinction: Giorgio Agamben's 'Bare Life' and the politics of aesthetics Anthony Downey
The Childhood of Human Rights: The Kodak on the Congo Sharon Sliwinski
"When Ignorant Armies Clash by Night": Homogenous community and the planetary aspect Paul Gilroy
Cultural and Creative Industry
Film and Business History: The development of an American mass entertainment industry Douglas Gomery
Cultural Studies as Performative Henry Giroux
Representing the Enterprising Self: Thirtysomething and contemporary consumer culture Frances Bonner and Paul du Gay
Fashion Culture: Creative work, female individualization Angela McRobbie
In the Social Factory? Immaterial Labour, Precariousness and Cultural Work Ros Gill and Andy Pratt
Cultural Economy
Toward a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign Jean Baudrillard
Turning Callon the right way up Daniel Miller
Trader's Engagement with Markets: A postsocial relationship Karin Knorr-Cetina and Ure Bruegger
Geomoney: An option on frost, going long on clouds Michael Pryke
Brand as Assemblage: Assembling culture Celia Lury
The New Economy, Property and Personhood Lisa Adkins
Technology and Knowledge
Knowledge and Class John Frow
Do Artefacts Have Ambivalence? Moses' Bridges, Winner's Bridges and Other urban Legends in SandTS Steve Woolgar and Geoff Cooper
Science as Culture, Cultures of Science Sarah Franklin
AIDS, Homophobia and Biomedical Discourse: An epidemic of signification Paula Treichler
The Body and the Digital Archive: The Visible Human Project and the computerization of medicine Catherine Waldby
Communication Beyond Meaning: On the cultural politics of information Tiziana Terranova
Topologies: Michel Serres and the shapes of thought Steven Connor

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Chapter 1: Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy and the Cultural Turn

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ISBN: 9781848607057