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Cultural Theory An Introduction

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ISBN-10: 1405169079

ISBN-13: 9781405169073

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Philip Smith, Alexander Riley

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* A highly accessible introduction to the complex issues and thinkers in cultural theory for those new to the subject * Covers fields such as structuralism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism and globalization, and leading thinkers like Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, and Giddens * Thoroughly updated with increased coverage of key classical theorists and new chapters on material culture and race and gender * Includes extensive pedagogy, with summaries, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, and heavy cross-referencing
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

�mile Durkheim(18581917) founded the French school of sociology. His most famous works include The Division of Labor in Societyand The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Robin Busss most recent translations for Penguin include Dumass The Black Tulip. Richard Sennettis the Bemis Professor of Social Sciences at MIT and a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics.

Preface to the First Edition: About this Book
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What is Culture? What is Cultural Theory?
Culture in Classical Social Theory
Culture and Social Integration in the Work of Talcott Parsons
Culture as Ideology in Western Marxism
Culture as Action in Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology
The Durkheimians: Ritual, Classification, and the Sacred
Structuralism and the Semiotic Analysis of Culture
The Poststructural Turn
Culture, Structure, and Agency: Three Attempts at Synthesis
British Cultural Studies
The Production and Reception of Culture
Culture as Text: Narrative and Hermeneutics
Psychoanalytic Approaches to Culture and the Self
The Cultural Analysis of Postmodernism and Postmodernity
Postmodern and Poststructural Critical Theory
Cultural Theories of Race and Gender
The Body in Cultural Theory
References
Index