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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.

Cultural Analysis in Marxist Humanism
Cultural analysis in marxist humanism

Marxist humanism, in its broadest sense, can be traced back to some of the earliest attempts to combine a Marxist approach to philosophical issues with Hegelian and interpretivist ideas. It involves the attempt to construct a philosophical standpoint that begins from real, conscious human beings and explores the ways in which their self-conscious knowledge enters into the constitution of the world in which they live and act. History is seen as an outcome of those creative human actions through which people both produce a social world and give meaning to it. Glimpsed during the 1890s, this attempt has continued to the present day. Understood as a more specific approach to cultural analysis, however, Marxist humanism has ...

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