Culture in the Plural

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In this translation, Michel de Certeau anticipates current debates surrounding multicultralism and social diversity, providing a prescient critique of identity politics. De Certeau considers the idea of culture itself, unveiling the specific political and social conflicts culture is designed to conceal. He then looks at culture from several methodological and theoretical points of view, positioning his ideal of culture in the plural in opposition to an exclusivist notion of culture as "the best that has been ...
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Overview

In this translation, Michel de Certeau anticipates current debates surrounding multicultralism and social diversity, providing a prescient critique of identity politics. De Certeau considers the idea of culture itself, unveiling the specific political and social conflicts culture is designed to conceal. He then looks at culture from several methodological and theoretical points of view, positioning his ideal of culture in the plural in opposition to an exclusivist notion of culture as "the best that has been thought and said."
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Richard Terdiman
Today Culture in the Plural seems astonishing by its prescience. Our nineties preoccupations with the difficult problems of multiculturalism are here anticipated and illuminated in work that is over twenty years old.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627677
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Opening the Possible
Pt. I Exoticisms and Ruptures of Language 1
1 The Revolution of the "Believable" 3
2 The Imaginary of the City 17
3 The Language of Violence 29
Pt. II New Marginalisms 37
4 Universities versus Popular Culture 39
5 Culture and the Schools 53
6 Minorities 69
Pt. III Cultural Politics 81
7 The Social Architecture of Knowledge 83
8 Culture within Society 101
9 The Place from Which One Deals with Culture 123
10 Conclusion: Spaces and Practices 133
Afterword: A Creative Swarm 149
Notes 163
Index 177
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