Recognition of Simmel's (1858–1918) importance in the study of culture has been belated and uneven. There are four reasons for this. First, the Birmingham School, which is widely regarded as the crucible of modern Cultural Studies, never engaged seriously with his work. To some extent, this neglect was a matter of the paucity of translations of his publications during the hay-day of the Birmingham School in the 1970s. But Simmel was also never an overly political author. Hence, on a priori grounds, he was an irretrievably marginal figure on the Birmingham horizon.1 It would be wrong to infer that the Birmingham School set the agenda for the development of Cultural Studies. Other influences have been feminism, techno-cultural studies, poststructuralism and postmodernism, especially ...