Traditionally social science treated culture as a peripheral issue, but the last twenty years have witnessed a cultural turn throughout the social sciences. Culture is now at the core of debate. Culture and Economy After the Cultural Turn examines the impact of the cultural turn for the social sciences in relation to the decline of interest in economic aspects of society. It presents a number of responses to the changing relationship between culture and economy, and to the way in which the cultural turn has sought to understand it.

Reconciling Culture and Economy: Ways Forward in the Analysis of Ethnicity and Gender

Reconciling culture and economy: Ways forward in the analysis of ethnicity and gender
HarrietBradley and SteveFenton

The years to come will witness a tendency for researchers to combine the insights of feminist post-structuralism regarding the importance of culture and discourse to the constitution of gender, with more ‘old-fashioned’ attention to ‘the material’. Such work may well contribute to a reconceptualization of the meaning of ‘the material’. (Roseneil, 1995: 200)

In this chapter we consider the implications of the ‘cultural turn’ within sociology, and the consequent unease about how to deal with economic issues, in relation to work in the fields of ethnicity and gender. Like Roseneil, we are suggesting the need for a rapprochement between ...

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