Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions
Publication Year: 2007
This timely volume provides a framework for understanding the cultural turn in terms of the classical legacy, contemporary cultural theory, and cultural analysis. It reveals the significance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt School, Stuart Hall, and the Birmingham School, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers receive a dazzling, critical survey of some of the primary figures in the field. However, the book is much more than a rough guide tour through the ‘great figures’ in the field. Through an analysis of specific problems, such as transculturalism, transnationalism, feminism, popular music, and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating some of the key questions of our time.
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: The Legacy of Sociology
- Chapter 1: Cultural Analysis in Marxist Humanism
- Chapter 2: Georg Simmel
- Chapter 3: The Frankfurt School
- Chapter 4: Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School
- Chapter 5: Giddens and Cultural Analysis: Absent Word and Central Concept
Part II: Contemporary Cultural Theory
- Chapter 6: Zygmunt Bauman, Culture and Sociology
- Chapter 7: Foucault: Interpretive Analytics and the Constitution of the Social
- Chapter 8: Framing Bourdieu
- Chapter 9: ‘Speculation to the Death’: Jean Baudrillard's Theoretical Violence
Part III: Contemporary Cultural Analysis
- Chapter 10: Reconceptualizing Representation and Identity: Issues of Transculturalism and Transnationalism in the Intersection of Feminism and Cultural Sociology
- Chapter 11: Feminist Knowledge and Socio-cultural Research: Ethno-mimesis, Feminist Praxis and the Visual Turn
- Chapter 12: Popular Music
- Chapter 13: Cultural Citizenship: Questions of Consumerism, Consumption and Policy
© Introduction and editorial arrangement Tim Edwards 2007
© SAGE Publications Ltd
First published 2007
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Notes on Contributors[Page vii]
Peter Beilharz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Critical Theory at La Trobe University, Australia. He is author of Trotsky, Trotskyism and the Transition to Socialism (Croom Helm 1987); Labour's Utopias (Routledge 1992); Postmodern Socialism (Melbourne University Press 1994); Transforming Labour (Cambridge 1994); Imagining the Antipodes (Cambridge 1997); and Zygmunt Bauman–Dialectic of Modernity (Sage 2000); and is editor of fifteen books. He is working on a book on Australia, to be called The Unhappy Country.
Ann Brooks is author of Academic Women (Open University Press, 1997); Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms (Routledge, 1997); Gender and the Restuctured University: Changing Management and Culture in Higher Education (with Alison Mackinnon) (Open University Press, 2001) and Gendered Work in Asian Cities: The New Economy and Changing Labour Markets (Ashgate, 2006). Ann is currently Head of Sociology Programmes at SIM University, Singapore and was previously a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Massey University, New Zealand. Her latest project is a book for Routledge entitled Intimacy, Reflexivity and Identity: The Gendered Self in Chinese Diasporic Communities.
Eamonn Carrabine is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. His teaching and research interests lie in the fields of Criminology and Cultural Studies. His books include Crime in Modern Britain (with Pamela Cox, Maggy lee, and Nigel South, Oxford UniversityPress, 2002), Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (with Paul Iganski, Maggy Lee, Ken Plummer, Nigel South, Routledge, 2004) and Power, Discourse and Resistance: A Genealogy of the Strangeways Prison Riot (2004). He is currently working on a book on Crime and the Media: Interrogating Representations of Transgression in Popular Culture.
Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle; a trilogy of books [Page viii]on postmodern theory with Steve Best; a trilogy of books on the Bush administration, including Grand Theft 2000, From 9/11 to Terror War, and his latest text Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy. His website is at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/facullty/kellner.
Tim May is Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (http://www.surf.salford.ac.uk). Tim is the author of works on urban and science policy, universities, social theory, research methodology and methods, philosophy of social science and organisational change. He has recently edited special editions of journals (with Beth Perry) on universities and academic production, science and regional policy and urban sociology and is writing a book on social science and reflexivity. He is also series editor of Issues in Society for McGraw-Hill/Open University Press. Tim is undertaking research for various clients on knowledge production and transfer, science and cities and regional and urban policy. He also works for universities advising them on intellectual, organisational and strategic developments and is a member of ‘The Transatlantic Forum on the Future of Universities’ (http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/sshen/index.asp).
William Merrin is a lecturer in media and communications at the University of Wales, Swansea, specialising in media theory, new media and cyberculture and media history. He is the author of Baudrillard and the Media: A Critical Introduction (Polity, 2005), and New Media: Key Thinkers (Polity, forthcoming) as well as a range of articles on media theory and history and is a member of the editorial board of the on-line International Journal of Baudrillard Studies.
Maggie O'Neill is Senior Lecturer in the Deptartment of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. Committed to interdisciplinarity her work is situated at the crossroads of sociology, feminist theory, cultural and critical criminology and social policy. She co-edited Sociology (with Tony Spybey): the journal of the British Sociological Association from 1999–2002. Her books include Adorno, Culture and Feminism (Sage, 1999); Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling (Polity, 2001); Prostitution: A Reader with Roger Matthews (Ashgate, 2002); Gender and the Public Sector with Jim Barry and Mike Dent (Routledge, 2002); Sex Work Now with Rosie Campbell (Willen 2006). She is currently convening a regional network underpinned by the principles of PAR and funded by the AHRC 'making the connections: arts, migration and diaspora – http://www.makingtheconnections.info and a board member of the global human dignity and humiliation studies network (HDHS) – http://www.humiliationstudies.org
Jason L. Powell is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. His research interests are in social theory, Foucauldian approaches to ageing and social policy. He has published extensively and most recently is author of Social Theory and Ageing as part of Charles Lemert's distinguished book series on ‘New Discursive Formations’ (2006, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham); Rethinking Social Theory and Later Life (2006, Nova Science Press, New York) and edited (with Dr. Azrini Wahidin) [Page ix]Foucault and Aging (2006, Nova Science Press, New York). He also serves on several editorial boards notably Sociological Research On-Line and Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. His current work focuses on understanding relationship of discourse and subjectivity to performance of ageing identity in public spaces.
Derek Robbins is Professor of International Social Theory in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London where he also is Director of the Group for the Study of International Social Science. He is the author of The Work of Pierre Bourdieu (1991) and of Bourdieu and Culture (2000); the editor of two 4-volume collections of articles on Bourdieu in the Sage Masters of Contemporary Social Thought series (2000 and 2005) and of a 3-volume collection of articles on Lyotard in the same series (2004). His On Bourdieu, Education and Society was published by Bardwell Press in July, 2006, and he was the editor of the special number of Theory, Culture and Society on Bourdieu (23, 6, November, 2006). He is currently writing The Internationalization of French Social Thought, 1950–2000 for publication by Sage.
Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology & Culture at Nottingham Trent University. His most recent books are Celebrity (2001), Stuart Hall (2003), Frank Sinatra (2004) and Leisure Theory: Principles and Practice (2005).
John Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, having previously been Professor at the University of Leicester. Specialising in social stratification, economic sociology, and social theory, his most recent books include Power (Polity Press, 2001), the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology (editor, Oxford University Press), and Sociology (with James Fulcher, Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 2007), and he has edited Sociology: The Key Concepts, Fifty Key Sociologists: The Formative Theorists, and Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists (Routledge, 2007). With Sage he has published Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology (2006).
Nick Stevenson is a Reader in Cultural Sociology at the University of Nottingham. His recent publications include Understanding Media Cultures (2002) for Sage, Cultural Citizenship (2003) for Open University Press and more recently David Bowie (2006) for Polity Press. He is currently working on the question of European identity in the context of cultural and political change.
I would sincerely like to thank all at Sage, and particularly Chris Rojek, for their support and assistance, and all the contributors for their work and patience.