Cultural Rights: Technology, Legality and Personality

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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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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 From Repetition to Replication 13
3 Replication, Novelty and Reactivation 39
4 Branding, Trademark and the Virtual Audience 62
5 Mechanical Reproduction: Print, Literacy and the Public Sphere 97
6 Electronic Reproduction: Broadcasting, Watching and Public Service 121
7 Micro-Electronic Reproduction: Communication, the Flow of Information and Users 152
8 Technologies of Culture and Gender 177
9 Simulation, Gender and Contemporary Culture 207
Bibliography 217
Name index 230
Subject index 234
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