A Society of Signs? / Edition 1

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Overview

A Society of Signs? is an introduction to current debates around the themes of culture, identity and lifestyle. Such debates often begin with the assertion that we live in a "society of signs". A Society of Signs? will help students of sociology, media and cultural studies to make sense of these often complicated arguments. It summarizes and critically discusses some basic approaches in social theory and cultural analysis; offers specific reading of some of the work of writers including Barthes and Giddens; reviews work in more traditional areas, for example, the sociology of identity and the embedding process found in social life; and gives advice on further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415111294
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/2/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Sociological Perspectives and the Complexities of Modern Life 1
2 The Politics of Cultural Autonomy 34
3 Discourse Theories and Critical Cultural Analysis 64
4 The Textual Metaphor in Barthes's 'New Semiology' 87
5 Postmodernism, Anti-Foundationalism and the Aversion Against the Universal 116
6 Film and Video and 'Postmodernist Sensibility' 150
7 Personal Identities in Modernity 177
Conclusion 219
Bibliography 224
Index 233
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