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Cultural Theory. An Introduction. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 2248801
  • Book
  • July 2008
  • 318 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This second edition of Cultural Theory provides a concise introduction to cultural theory, placing major figures, traditional concepts, and contemporary themes within a sharp conceptual framework.
  • Provides a student-friendly introduction to what can often be a complex field of study
  • Updates the first edition in response to reader feedback and to the changing nature of the field
  • Includes additional coverage of theorists from the classical period to include Nietzsche and DuBois
  • Introduces entirely new chapters on race and gender theory, and the body
  • Considers themes that have become more important in theoretical activity in recent years such as computers and virtual reality, cosmopolitanism, and performance theory
  • Draws on theories and theorists from continental Europe as well as the English-speaking world
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Preface to the First Edition: About this Book.

Preface to the Second Edition.


Introduction: 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.

15 Cultural Theories of Race and Gender.

16 The Body in Cultural Theory.



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Philip Smith Yale University.

Alexander Riley Bucknell University.
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