Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions by Tim Edwards

By Tim Edwards

This well timed quantity offers a framework for figuring out the cultural flip when it comes to the classical legacy, modern cultural conception, and cultural research. It unearths the importance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt college, Stuart corridor, and the Birmingham college, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers obtain a stunning, serious survey of a few of the first figures within the box. notwithstanding, the e-book is way greater than a coarse consultant travel throughout the ‘great figures’ within the box. via an research of particular difficulties, akin to transculturalism, transnationalism, feminism, renowned song, and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating the various key questions of our time.

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Both leisure and consumption are organized along capitalist lines: they are locked together with work and production into a single system dominated by the instrumental rationality of capitalist production. Cultural development is not shaped by performers and their audiences, but by the finance capitalists and managers who run the various branches of the culture industry. They are integral elements within the larger capitalist system. The directors of the cultural monopolies are fused with company directors and owners in steel, petroleum, electricity, chemicals, and banking as part of a single system of finance capital.

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Adorno would, no doubt, see the recent trend of packaging certain forms of classical music for radio performance and CD compilation (‘Beethoven’s Greatest Hits’) as a further sign of commodification, but he recognized a deeper impact of rationalization on serious music. He had initially seen Schönberg’s music as expressing the modern condition and posing a challenge to it, as standing in the same relation to the bourgeois musical forms of classicism as his own philosophy stood in relation to bourgeois philosophy.

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