Cultural Rights: Technology, Legality and Personality

Cultural Rights: Technology, Legality and Personality

by Celia Lury
     
 

Cultural Rights combines the critical approaches of both sociology and cultural studies to provide an innovative interpretation of contemporary culture. While the book's theoretical origins lie in Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking thesis about the effects of mechanical reproduction, Celia Lury takes his analysis one step further in her examinationSee more details below

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Cultural Rights combines the critical approaches of both sociology and cultural studies to provide an innovative interpretation of contemporary culture. While the book's theoretical origins lie in Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking thesis about the effects of mechanical reproduction, Celia Lury takes his analysis one step further in her examination of the near obsolete concepts of "originality" and "authenticity" in postmodern culture, where reproduction and simulation blur the border between what is real and what is fabricated.

Celia Lury establishes a clear framework of analysis by comparing a range of cultural rights through copyright, authorship and originality with those defined by trademark, branding and simulation. She provides concise and accessible histories of three major cultural technologies—print, broadcasting and information technology—and the presentation of research into the contemporary culture industry. She also explores the gendered dimensions of this transformation by looking at the significance of the category of "women" in the process of cultural reproduction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415031554
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/25/1993
Series:
International Library of Sociology Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2From Repetition to Replication13
3Replication, Novelty and Reactivation39
4Branding, Trademark and the Virtual Audience62
5Mechanical Reproduction: Print, Literacy and the Public Sphere97
6Electronic Reproduction: Broadcasting, Watching and Public Service121
7Micro-Electronic Reproduction: Communication, the Flow of Information and Users152
8Technologies of Culture and Gender177
9Simulation, Gender and Contemporary Culture207
Bibliography217
Name index230
Subject index234

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