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Cultural Theory. An Introduction. Edition No. 1. 21st Century Sociology

  • ID: 2248759
  • Book
  • January 2001
  • 280 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Cultural Theory: An Introduction is a concise, accessible introduction to a complex field. Philip Smith provides a balanced, wide-ranging overview of contemporary cultural theory, covering the major thinkers and key concepts that have appeared and developed over the last century. The book has an abundance of special features for students, with summaries, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, and cross-referencing. This book is an ideal guide for any student or researcher with an interest in the theoretical study of culture and society.
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About this Book.

Preface -- What is Culture? What is Cultural Theory?.

1. Culture in Classical Social Theory.

2. Culture and Social Integration in the Work of Talcott Parsons.

3. Culture as Ideology in Western Marxism.

4. Culture as Action in Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology.

5. The Durkheimians: Ritual, Classification, and the Sacred.

6. Structuralism and the Semiotic Analysis of Culture.

7. The Poststructural Turn.

8. Culture, Structure, and Agency: Three Attempts at Synthesis.

9. British Cultural Studies.

10. The Production and Reception of Culture.

11. Culture as Text: Narrative and Hermeneutics.

12. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Culture and the Self.

13. The Cultural Analysis of Postmodernism and Postmodernity.

14. Postmodern and Poststructural Critical Theory.


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Philip Smith University of Queensland, Australia.
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