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Dead Artists, Live Theories, and Other Cultural Problems : Cultural Studies & Sociology - Stanley Aronowitz

Dead Artists, Live Theories, and Other Cultural Problems

Cultural Studies & Sociology

Paperback Published: 10th March 1994
ISBN: 9780415907385
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18 years old

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In these far-reaching essays, Stanley Aronovitz examines some of the crucial cultural shifts associated with the crisis of modernity. Against the predominant view that Great Art possesses intrinsic aesthetic value, the author contends that aesthetics has itself been surpassed. In the introductory essay, Aronowitz argues aesthetics, like mathematics education, is a powerful sorting machine to preserve the hierarchical system of cultural and economic privilege. In his essays of Bakhtin and Williams, he stresses that their work shows literary and other artistic works as forms of social knowledge; even bad' literature may illuminate everyday life and the structure of feeling' far better than ethnographic, historical and sociological studies. Yet he insists that art does not represent' the lifeworld, but can be understood as constitutive of it. We read novels, watch TV and videos for pleasure, but art produces experiences as much as it registers it. The essays all take on the crisis in modernity: whether in educational controversies, Murray Bookchin's social ecology, Roland Barthes as a star', the anti-aesthetics of postmodernism, recent transgressions in the philosophy of science, or Orlando Patterson's powerful analysis of slavery.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Death of "Art"p. 1
So What's New? : The Postmodern Paradoxp. 35
Critic as Starp. 44
Opposites Detract: Sontag Versus Barthes for Barthes's Sakep. 97
The Tensions of Critical Theory: Is Negative Dialectics All There Is?p. 106
Literature as Social Knowledge: Mikhail Bakhtin and the Reemergence of the Human Sciencep. 139
Williams and the Intervention of Cultural Studiesp. 160
Reflections on Identityp. 191
Birth Rightsp. 210
Paulo Freire's Radical Democratic Humanismp. 218
The Power of Positive Thinking: Jurgen Habermas in Americap. 238
The Decline of American Liberalismp. 253
Past Perfectp. 280
Seeing Greenp. 286
Is Democracy Possible? The Decline of the Public in the American Debatep. 296
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780415907385
ISBN-10: 0415907381
Series: Cultural Studies & Sociology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 10th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.39  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1