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 Activism

Cultural activism

In order to bring about social change, cultural activists have access to a rich theoretical and empirical history of different ways of thinking about the relations between intellectual and political practice. In fact, armed with an understanding of the synergy that exists among theory, research and activism – the multidirectional relationships within which each component influences and strengthens the other – people and organizations have long worked to secure human, economic and political rights.

At its foundation, the dialectical relationship among theory, research and activism is relatively simple. As theory – through interpretation and explanation – begs empirical and practical questions and illuminates research findings and activist efforts, research not only puts theory to the test and provides the potential for its expansion, ...

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