With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Introduction: Vocabularies of Culture

Introduction: Vocabularies of culture

We hesitated for some time before finally settling on a title for this handbook. We were clear from the outset that we didn't want to call it a handbook of cultural studies – a term whose currency suggests theoretical allegiances of particular kinds and is too restrictive for the purpose we had in mind. For while there have been many handbooks focused on particular areas of cultural analysis – handbooks of cultural geography and, indeed, of cultural studies-there is none that addresses the work that culture is now called on to do across a range of social science and humanities disciplines. This is the gap that this handbook aims to fill by reviewing the varied forms of analysis ...

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