Culture/Power/History: A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory / Edition 1

Culture/Power/History: A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory / Edition 1

by Nicholas B. Dirks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691021023

ISBN-13: 9780691021027

Pub. Date: 11/01/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The intellectual radicalism of the 1960s spawned a new set of questions about the role and nature of "the political" in social life, questions that have since revolutionized nearly every field of thought, from literary criticism through anthropology to the philosophy of science. Michel Foucault in particular made us aware that whatever our functionally defined

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The intellectual radicalism of the 1960s spawned a new set of questions about the role and nature of "the political" in social life, questions that have since revolutionized nearly every field of thought, from literary criticism through anthropology to the philosophy of science. Michel Foucault in particular made us aware that whatever our functionally defined "roles" in society, we are constantly negotiating questions of authority and the control of the definitions of reality. Such insights have led theorists to challenge concepts that have long formed the very underpinnings of their disciplines. By exploring some of the most debated of these concepts—"culture," "power," and "history"—this reader offers an enriching perspective on social theory in the contemporary moment.

Organized around these three concepts, Culture/ Power/History brings together both classic and new essays that address Foucault's "new economy of power relations" in a number of different, contestatory directions. Representing innovative work from various disciplines and sites of study, from taxidermy to Madonna, the book seeks to affirm the creative possibilities available in a time marked by growing uncertainty about established disciplinary forms of knowledge and by the increasing fluidity of the boundaries between them. The book is introduced by a major synthetic essay by the editors, which calls attention to the most significant issues enlivening theoretical discourse today. The editors seek not only to encourage scholars to reflect anew on the course of social theory, but also to orient newcomers to this area of inquiry.

The essays are contributed by Linda Alcoff ("Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism"), Sally Alexander ("Women, Class, and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s"), Tony Bennett ("The Exhibitionary Complex"), Pierre Bourdieu ("Structures, Habitus, Power"), Nicholas B. Dirks ("Ritual and Resistance"), Geoff Eley ("Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures"), Michel Foucault (Two Lectures), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ("Authority, [White] Power and the [Black] Critic"), Stephen Greenblatt ("The Circulation of Social Energy"), Ranajit Guha ("The Prose of Counter-Insurgency"), Stuart Hall ("Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms"), Susan Harding ("The Born-Again Telescandals"), Donna Haraway ("Teddy Bear Patriarchy"), Dick Hebdige ("After the Masses"), Susan McClary ("Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly"), Sherry B. Ortner ("Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties"), Marshall Sahlins ("Cosmologies of Capitalism"), Elizabeth G. Traube ("Secrets of Success in Postmodern Society"), Raymond Williams (selections from Marxism and Literature), and Judith Williamson ("Family, Education, Photography").

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691021027
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Permissions Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Ch. 1Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-193649
Ch. 2Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory96
Ch. 3The Exhibitionary Complex123
Ch. 4Structures, Habitus, Power: Basis for a Theory of Symbolic Power155
Ch. 5Two Lectures200
Ch. 6After the Masses222
Ch. 7Family, Education, Photography236
Ch. 8Authority, (White) Power and the (Black) Critic; It's All Greek to Me247
Ch. 9Women, Class and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s: Some Reflections on the Writing of a Feminist History269
Ch. 10Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures: Placing Habermas in the Nineteenth Century297
Ch. 11The Prose of Counter-Insurgency336
Ch. 12Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties372
Ch. 13Cosmologies of Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Sector of "The World System"412
Ch. 14Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly459
Ch. 15Ritual and Resistance: Subversion as a Social Fact483
Ch. 16The Circulation of Social Energy504
Ch. 17Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms520
Ch. 18The Born-Again Telescandals539
Ch. 19Secrets of Success in Postmodern Society557
Ch. 20Selections from Marxism and Literature585
Notes on the Contributors609
Index613

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