“The most important Marxist cultural theorist after Gramsci, Williams' contributions go well beyond the critical tradition, supplying insights of great significance for cultural sociology today… I have never read Williams without finding something worthwhile, something subtle, some idea of great importance”
- Jeffrey C. Alexander, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Celebrating the significant intellectual legacy and enduring influence of Raymond Williams, this exciting collection introduces a whole new generation to his work.
Jim McGuigan reasserts and rebalances Williams' reputation within the social sciences by collecting and introducing key pieces of his work. Providing context and clarity he powerfully evokes the major contribution Williams has made to sociology, media and communication and cultural studies.
Powerfully asserting the on-going relevance of Williams within our contemporary neoliberal and digital age, the book:
Includes texts which have never been anthologised before; Situates Williams' work both biographically and historically; Provides a comprehensive introduction to Williams' social-scientific work; Demonstrates the enduring relevance of cultural materialism.
Original and persuasive this book will be of interest to anyone involved in theoretical and methodological modules within sociology, media and communication studies and cultural studies.
- Chapter 1: Culture is Ordinary
- Chapter 2: Mass, Masses and Mass Communication
- Chapter 3: Structure of Feeling and Selective Tradition
- Chapter 4: Advertising – The Magic System
- Chapter 5: Communication Systems
- Chapter 6: The Idea of a Common Culture
- Chapter 7: Social Darwinism
- Chapter 8: Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory
- Chapter 9: The Technology and the Society
- Chapter 10: Drama in a Dramatized Society
- Chapter 11: Communications as Cultural Science
- Chapter 12: Developments in the Sociology of Culture
- Chapter 13: Realism and Non-naturalism
- Chapter 14: A Lecture on Realism
- Chapter 15: Means of Communication as Means of Production
- Chapter 16: ‘Industrial’ and ‘Post-Industrial’ Society
- Chapter 17: The Culture of Nations
- Chapter 18: Resources for a Journey of Hope
- Chapter 19: State Culture and Beyond
- Chapter 20: The Future of Cultural Studies