By Tim Edwards
This well timed quantity offers a framework for knowing the cultural flip when it comes to the classical legacy, modern cultural concept, and cultural research. It unearths the importance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt institution, Stuart corridor, and the Birmingham institution, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers obtain a stunning, serious survey of a few of the first figures within the box. even though, the publication is far greater than a coarse advisor journey during the ‘great figures’ within the box. via an research of particular difficulties, similar to transculturalism, transnationalism, feminism, renowned tune, and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating many of the key questions of our time.
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Other influences have been feminism, techno-cultural studies, poststructuralism and postmodernism, especially identity politics. Nonetheless, the Birmingham approach was a particularly important training ground for graduates who went on to gain influential academic positions in the UK and US: Phil Cohen, Hazel Corby, Paul Gilroy, Dick Hebdidge, Larry Grossberg, Angela MacRobbie, David Morley and Paul Willis. None of these engaged seriously with Simmel’s work. The emissaries who have done most to demonstrate Simmels’ relevance to the study of culture are David Frisby in the UK and Donald Levine in the USA, both of whom are career sociologist’s, and hence would not be regarded by most people in Cultural Studies as mainstream figures.
A Communist activist in the 1920s, Gramsci had been sentenced to prison for 20 years in 1926. Though this cut him off from any active political participation, it did give him an unsought opportunity to develop his own theoretical ideas. Drawing, in particular, on Labriola’s ‘philosophy of praxis’, Gramsci used the Hegelian ideas of Croce to develop an account of the cultural and political hegemony that he saw as an integral aspect of ruling class power and of the part played by intellectuals in the formation of a proletarian counter-hegemony.
Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions by Tim Edwards