- Subject index
In Spaces of Culture an international group of scholars examines the implications of questions such as: What is culture? What is the relationship between social structure and culture in a globalized and networked world? Do critical perspectives still apply, or does the speed and complexity of cultural production demand new forms of analysis? They explore the key themes in social theory: the nation state; the city; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. The contributors go on to analyze the public sphere, questioning the reductive representation of technology as a form of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture. This analys
Chapter 7: Moving Culture
A growing interest in culture, understood as symbolic frameworks of meaning, can be noted among scholars of social movements (see for example, McAdam, 1994; Johnston and Klandermans, 1995). It is no doubt possible to trace this interest to what Richard Rorty and others have called the ‘linguistic turn’ in philosophy and how it has affected the theory and practice of social science. Here one could include discussion of such recent developments as constructivism and the emergence of postmodern social theory in the wake of the language-based structuralism of the late 1970s. Also included could be the ‘post’ -structuralism that followed and, finally, the passing of what Habermas has called the ‘philosophy of consciousness’. Such would make for an interesting exercise in the ...