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What are we to make of Bakhtin? Nearly 20 years after his death, the full richness of his ideas has still not been digested. For many people working in the sicial sciences, he remains a mysterious and impenetrable writer. Many are conscious that his ideas are relevant for sociology and cultural studies, but would be hard pressed to give chapter and verse. Others regard Bakhtin as a figure who contributed to the literary and philologic fields of study. This accessible and thoughtful text aims to demonstrate the relevance of Bakhtin to the human sciences. It argues that most of the current literature has been characterized by a superficial appropriation of Bakhtinian ideas and neologisms. What has been neglected is a serious engagement with his core ...

Culture as Dialogue
Culture as dialogue
MichaelMayerfeld Bell

What is culture? This is a question we have answered many ways. Culture is ‘the total way of life of a people’; the ‘webs of significance’ we ourselves spin; ‘an ensemble of texts, themselves ensembles, which the anthropologist strains to read over the shoulders of those to whom they properly belong’; a ‘toolkit’ of practices, stocked with ‘the publicly available symbolic forms through which people express and experience meaning’; a ‘perspective’, a ‘standpoint’, an ‘interpretive community’. Ways, webs, texts, practices, toolkits, perspectives, standpoints, and communities: Powerful metaphors all.1 Or, to go back further, culture is culture – that which we create out of nature – the metaphor upon which the others comment, the unmoved metaphor at the end of ...

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