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.
‘Cultural technologies’ has a very varied currency in the humanities and social sciences. As a term, it does not have a single history, nor even a single defining trajectory, but rather emerges, inflected in different ways at different moments, at the intersection of a number of lines of debate. What these lines of debate have in common is their critical engagement with the commonplace view that opposes technology to nature, and sees technology as a tool or mechanism for controlling and manipulating nature. In the debates on cultural technologies there is a specific concern with the impact of technology on human nature. On the one hand, there is a concern with the question of technological determination, where what is held to be ...