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Overview

Culture, Raymond Williams once wrote, is one of the most difficult words in language. Since then the concept has become part of our everyday vocabulary. It is used in a variety of different contexts: to describe the behaviour of corporations or criminals; to provide personal and national identity; and it even gives its name to a department of state. In this engaging new book, Fred Inglis charts the history of the concept from its origins in the German Enlightenment to contemporary attempts to come to terms with the cultural impact of globalization. Drawing on the work of leading philosophers and theorists, the author adopts a broadly chronological approach to explore the changing definitions and contestations of culture over time. He concludes by highlighting the potential shortcomings of postmodernism, and argues for the continuing need to apply ancient values of truthfulness, goodness and beauty to all discussions of culture. This lively introduction will be of interest to undergraduate students and scholars of sociology, politics, anthropology, cultural and media studies.
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Meet the Author

Fred Inglis is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Connecticut, 2002-2003.

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Table of Contents

1 Birth of a concept 1
2 Culture and politics 33
3 Culture and the science of humanity 57
4 Culture and redemption : literature and judgement 81
5 The social production of culture 108
6 Culture and postmodernism : the good, the true and the beautiful 135
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