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The structure of modern cultural theory

By Thomas Osborne

The structure of modern cultural theory
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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9722-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Deconstruction, Cultural studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies

Description

This book is about the claims of Cultural Theory as a particular kind of intellectual ethos or discipline.

The book argues that Cultural Theory is best seen, at least in its 'modern' form, as an ethical discipline. As such, it should be seen as a form of inquiry governed by the guiding idea of the cultivation of critical autonomy and, as such, is designed as much to change what we are in our relations to ourselves as to describe the world as it is in particular 'positive' ways. The content of the book develops this argument through critical readings of three canonical writers, namely Theodor Adorno, Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu. A final chapter contrasts the ethical idea of modern Cultural Theory developed here with its postmodern derivations, which, it is argued, have taken both a more positivist and even more moralistic form.

Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction.
1 Culture - an antinomical view
2 Adorno as educator
3 Foucault and the ethics of subjectivity
4 Bourdieu, ethics and reflexivity
5 A note on post-modern cultural theory
Conclusion

Author

Thomas Osborne is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol

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