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Culture and Society, 1780-1950 : Morningside Book Ser. - Raymond Williams

Culture and Society, 1780-1950

Morningside Book Ser.

Paperback Published: 1st July 1983
ISBN: 9780231057011
Number Of Pages: 363
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The organizing principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened, and to follow the idea through to our own day.

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The earliest ideas on culture, Mr. Williams claims, developed in opposition to the laissez-faire society of the political economists. As the ideas on culture took shape, on the one hand, they became identified with a 'whole way of life.' On the other hand... culture became a court of appeals where real values could be determined. Culture, thus separated from the whole society, was associated with the idea of perfection through the study of the arts... Mr. Williams contrasts the ideas of ' culture as art' and 'culture as a whole way of life,' and commends the latter... the book should definitely be read by all those interested in English intellectual history. -- M. S. Wilkins Political Science Quarterly CULTURE AND SOCIETY is worth a library of literary and political tracts in that it digs into the ideological layers that envelop modern politics. Written from an independent Left standpoint, this critical history of the concept of culture in England from 1780 to 1950 is exactly to the point of contemporary discussions of value. -- Harold Rosenberg

A Nineteenth-Century Tradition
The Romantic Artist
Mill on Bentham and Coleridge
Thomas Carlyle
The Industrial Novels: Mary Barton and North and South, Mrs Gaskell; Hard Times, Dickens; Sybil, Disraeli; Alton Locke, Kingsley; Felix Holt, George Eliot
Art and Society
The ' New Aesthetics'
George Gissing
Shaw and Fabianism
Critics of the State
Twentieth-Century Opinions
Two Literary Critics
Marxism and Culture
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ISBN: 9780231057011
ISBN-10: 0231057016
Series: Morningside Book Ser.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 363
Published: 1st July 1983
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.88 x 13.67  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2

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