Cultural Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2
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Cultural Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2

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by Philip Smith, Alexander Riley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405169079

ISBN-13: 9781405169073

Pub. Date: 08/25/2008

Publisher: Wiley

This second edition of the renowned Cultural Theory provides a systematic and accessible introduction to cultural theory, encapsulating a usually complex field in a concise and balanced overview.

This fully revised and expanded second edition provides a comprehensive tour of the major figures, themes, and debates in cultural theory, from Durkheim and Weber

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This second edition of the renowned Cultural Theory provides a systematic and accessible introduction to cultural theory, encapsulating a usually complex field in a concise and balanced overview.

This fully revised and expanded second edition provides a comprehensive tour of the major figures, themes, and debates in cultural theory, from Durkheim and Weber through to Foucault and Butler, and from charisma to consumption, but also introduces entirely new chapters on race and gender theory, and the body. Other new material includes treatments of thinkers such as Nietzsche, DuBois, and Eagleton, and considers important contemporary themes, including virtual reality and cosmopolitanism.

Internationally respected by students and teachers alike, the first edition of Cultural Theory has been translated into several languages and became legendary on campuses worldwide. This new, restructured edition, packed with special features for students and accompanied by a website, promises to be the most authoritative text of its kind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405169073
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition: About this Book vi

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: What is Culture? What is Cultural Theory? 1

1 Culture in Classical Social Theory 6

2 Culture and Social Integration in the Work of Talcott Parsons 26

3 Culture as Ideology in Western Marxism 34

4 Culture as Action in Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology 54

5 The Durkheimians: Ritual, Classification, and the Sacred 69

6 Structuralism and the Semiotic Analysis of Culture 92

7 The Poststructural Turn 111

8 Culture, Structure, and Agency: Three Attempts at Synthesis 128

9 British Cultural Studies 144

10 The Production and Reception of Culture 158

11 Culture as Text: Narrative and Hermeneutics 176

12 Psychoanalytic Approaches to Culture and the Self 195

13 The Cultural Analysis of Postmodernism and Postmodernity 207

14 Postmodern and Poststructural Critical Theory 228

15 Cultural Theories of Race and Gender 241

16 The Body in Cultural Theory 262

References 280

Index 296

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