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Culture/Power/History : A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory - Nicholas B. Dirks


A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory

By: Nicholas B. Dirks (Editor), Geoff Eley (Editor), Sherry B. Ortner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st November 1993
ISBN: 9780691021027
Number Of Pages: 640

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The intellectual radicalism of the 1960s spawned a new set of questions about the role and nature of "the political" in social life, questions that have since revolutionized nearly every field of thought, from literary criticism through anthropology to the philosophy of science. Michel Foucault in particular made us aware that whatever our functionally defined "roles" in society, we are constantly negotiating questions of authority and the control of the definitions of reality. Such insights have led theorists to challenge concepts that have long formed the very underpinnings of their disciplines. By exploring some of the most debated of these concepts--"culture," "power," and "history"--this reader offers an enriching perspective on social theory in the contemporary moment.

Organized around these three concepts, "Culture/ Power/History" brings together both classic and new essays that address Foucault's "new economy of power relations" in a number of different, contestatory directions. Representing innovative work from various disciplines and sites of study, from taxidermy to Madonna, the book seeks to affirm the creative possibilities available in a time marked by growing uncertainty about established disciplinary forms of knowledge and by the increasing fluidity of the boundaries between them. The book is introduced by a major synthetic essay by the editors, which calls attention to the most significant issues enlivening theoretical discourse today. The editors seek not only to encourage scholars to reflect anew on the course of social theory, but also to orient newcomers to this area of inquiry.

The essays are contributed by Linda Alcoff ("Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism"), Sally Alexander ("Women, Class, and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s"), Tony Bennett ("The Exhibitionary Complex"), Pierre Bourdieu ("Structures, Habitus, Power"), Nicholas B. Dirks ("Ritual and Resistance"), Geoff Eley ("Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures"), Michel Foucault (Two Lectures), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ("Authority, White] Power and the Black] Critic"), Stephen Greenblatt ("The Circulation of Social Energy"), Ranajit Guha ("The Prose of Counter-Insurgency"), Stuart Hall ("Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms"), Susan Harding ("The Born-Again Telescandals"), Donna Haraway ("Teddy Bear Patriarchy"), Dick Hebdige ("After the Masses"), Susan McClary ("Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly"), Sherry B. Ortner ("Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties"), Marshall Sahlins ("Cosmologies of Capitalism"), Elizabeth G. Traube ("Secrets of Success in Postmodern Society"), Raymond Williams (selections from "Marxism and Literature"), and Judith Williamson ("Family, Education, Photography").

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"This collection of important essays, with a thoughtful and, in places, moving ... introduction to the current questions and conversations-and dilemmas-of social-cultural history is now the best volume we have on the topic."--International Labor and Working-Class History

Permissions Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-1936p. 49
Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theoryp. 96
The Exhibitionary Complexp. 123
Structures, Habitus, Power: Basis for a Theory of Symbolic Powerp. 155
Two Lecturesp. 200
After the Massesp. 222
Family, Education, Photographyp. 236
Authority, (White) Power and the (Black) Critic; It's All Greek to Mep. 247
Women, Class and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s: Some Reflections on the Writing of a Feminist Historyp. 269
Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures: Placing Habermas in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 297
The Prose of Counter-Insurgencyp. 336
Theory in Anthropology since the Sixtiesp. 372
Cosmologies of Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Sector of "The World System"p. 412
Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshlyp. 459
Ritual and Resistance: Subversion as a Social Factp. 483
The Circulation of Social Energyp. 504
Cultural Studies: Two Paradigmsp. 520
The Born-Again Telescandalsp. 539
Secrets of Success in Postmodern Societyp. 557
Selections from Marxism and Literaturep. 585
Notes on the Contributorsp. 609
Indexp. 613
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ISBN: 9780691021027
ISBN-10: 0691021023
Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 21st November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.37  x 3.35
Weight (kg): 0.88