Roll Over Beethoven / Edition 1

by Stanley Aronowitz
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Roll Over Beethoven / Edition 1

The question of culture has become central for a new generation of scholars raised in a world of television and mass production. At the same time debates about culture have become a point of reference for criticism of current trends in academia and society, variously defended or derided on the grounds of “multiculturalism,” “canonicity,” and political correctness.” In his re-examination off these debates, Stanley Aronowitz traces the history of the cultural issue – in both its British and American manifestations – and relates it to the contemporary rethinking of the nature of knowledge and culture.

Roll Over Beethoven analyzes topics as diverse as the history of American radicalism, the sociology if science, the impact of the Library of Congress on the organization of knowledge, and the institutionalization of film studies. Aronowitz’s account of recent controversies over “political correctness” reveals that the current culture wars reflect profound differences among scholars over the proper role of the university and the character of legitimate intellectual knowledge.

Within this broad reappraisal of the cultural question, which is embedded in the intellectual history of the 20th century, Aronowitz offers an “interpretive genealogy” of cultural studies that describes both the evolution of the field and the political and social contexts in which it developed. He argues that cultural studies exhibit a tendency toward transgression that is rarely explicit but always present and, at its best, not merely interdisciplinary but anti-disciplinary.

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ISBN-13: 9780819562623
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 04/01/1993
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

STANLEY ARONOWITZ is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cultural Studies Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Among his books are The Politics of Identity (1992), Science as Power (1988), The Crisis in Historical Materialism (1981), and, with Henry Giroux, Postmodern Education (1991).

Table of Contents

On the Politically Correct
Culture Between High and Low
The Origins of Cultural Studies
British Cultural Studies
Cultural Politics of Popular Front
Cultural Study in Postmodern America
The Authority of Knowledge
The End of the Beginning?

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“Rich and exciting … Aronowitz has in effect established the stakes and dimensions of the cultural studies movement today and its origins … Beyond the sharp, specific things this book has to say about cultural studies as a particular endeavor, Aronowitz is also offering a virtual history of the 20th century intellectual.”

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