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Culture and Society Contemporary Debates

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ISBN-10: 0521359392

ISBN-13: 9780521359399

Edition: 1990

Authors: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Steven Seidman

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This volume brings together the major statements by the leading contemporary scholars of cultural analysis on the relation between culture and society. Part One surveys the range of current analytical debate over culture, focusing on the relationship of culture to social structure and power. While individual contributions differ in defining the nature of culture and its relation to society, they are in agreement in assessing the relative autonomy of culture and the centrality of symbolic analysis. Part Two turns to substantive debates, including those over the role of religion, secular ideology, and mass culture and brings to light disputes about the meaning of modernity. The book testifies…    
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Book details

List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
Analytic debates: Understanding the relative autonomy of culture
The Case for Culture
The human studies
Values and social systems
Culture and ideological hegemony
Signs and language
Approaches to Culture: Functionalist
The normative structure of science
Values and democracy
Approaches to Culture: Semiotic
The world of wrestling
Food as symbolic code
Approaches to Culture: Dramaturgical
Out-of-frame activity
The Balinese cockfight as play
Approaches to Culture: Weberian
Puritanism and revolutionary ideology
French Catholicism and secular grace
Approaches to Culture: Durkheimian
Liminality and community
Symbolic pollution
Sex as symbol in Victorian purity
Approaches to Culture: Marxian
Rituals of mutuality
Masculinity and factory labor
Approaches to Culture: Poststructuralist
Sexual discourse and power
Artistic taste and cultural capital
Substantive debates: Moral order and social crisis--perspectives on modern culture
The Place of Religion: Is Modernity A Secular or Sacred Order?
Social sources of secularization
The future of religion
Civil religion in America
The Debate over the "End of Ideology": Can Secular Reason Create Cultural Order?
Culture industry reconsidered
From consensual order to instrumental control
The end of ideology in the West
Beyond coercion and crisis: The coming of an era of voluntary community
Ideology, the cultural apparatus, and the new consciousness industry
Modernism or Postmodernism: Dissolution or Reconstruction of Moral Order?
Modernism, postmodernism, and the decline of moral order
The postmodern condition
Modernity versus postmodernity
Mapping the postmodern