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From the end of the eighteenth century to the late nineteenth century, a remarkable convergence takes place in Europe between theories of the modern state and theories of culture. Culture and the State explores that theoretical convergence in relation to the social functions of state and cultural institutions, showing how cultural education comes to play the role of forming citizens for the modern state. It critiques the way in which materialistic thinking has largely taken the concept of culture for granted and ...
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Culture and the State

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Overview

From the end of the eighteenth century to the late nineteenth century, a remarkable convergence takes place in Europe between theories of the modern state and theories of culture. Culture and the State explores that theoretical convergence in relation to the social functions of state and cultural institutions, showing how cultural education comes to play the role of forming citizens for the modern state. It critiques the way in which materialistic thinking has largely taken the concept of culture for granted and failed to grasp its relation to the idea of the state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135219994
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 2 MB

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Paul Thomas is Professor of Political Science, specializing in political theory, University of California, Bekeley. He is the Author of Alien Politics: Marxist State Theory Retrieved (Routledge, 1994.) David Lloyd is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Culture and Society or Culture and the State? 1
Ch. 1 The Culture of the Spectacle 31
Rousseau, Transparency and the Fate of the Fete 35
Culture as Supplement to the State 46
On the Stage as Moral Institution 53
Ch. 2 Cultures of Representation 59
An English Jacobin 59
The Exemplary Parson 61
Freedom of Association 70
Against Representation 81
Ch. 3 Capitalism vs. the Democracy 91
Ch. 4 Facing the Ethical State 115
Educing the Citizen 115
Intelligence and Discipline 126
New Topographies 134
Conclusion: The Future Imperfect 145
Interests, Disinterest 145
The Instance of William Morris 151
The Culture of Social Movements 156
Epilogue: Raymond Williams and George Orwell 163
Notes 189
App. I The State and Education, 1818-1870 209
App. II The Principal Factory Acts, 1802-1901 211
Bibliography 212
Index 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    A Critical Approach to Representation and Education in Early to Middle Industrial England

    I found this book to be an amazing piece of historical inquiry. The main concepts revolve around several mutually supporting ideas: Representation (Democratically and Aesthetically), (Althussurian) Interpellation, and Education (as a the agent of action for the process of interpellation).

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