Raymond Williams on culture & society : essential writings / edited by Jim McGuigan

By: Williams, Raymond.
McGuigan, Jim [ed.].
ISBN: 9781849207713 (pbk.).Edition: 1st ed.Publisher: Los Angeles : SAGE, 2014Description: xxvi, 342 p.Online resources: Ressenya a Interacció Other title: Raymond Williams on culture and society.Summary: Celebrating the significant intellectual legacy and enduring influence of Raymond Williams, this exciting collection introduces a whole new generation to his work and makes available in a single volume a representative selection of writings across Williams' whole career that will interest readers already familiar with his work. Jim McGuigan seeks here to restore Williams' reputation within the social sciences by gathering together and introducing his key writings. Providing context and clarification, he evokes the major contribution Williams has made to sociology, media and communications and cultural studies. Insisting upon and substantiating the continuing and indeed fresh relevance of Williams within our contemporary neoliberal and digital age, the book: Includes texts which have never been anthologised before; Situates Williams' work both biographically and historically; Provides a comprehensive introduction to Williams' social-scientific work; Demonstrates the enduring relevance of cultural materialism across both the humanities and social sciences. Original and persuasive, this book will be of interest to anyone involved in theoretical and methodological modules within sociology, media and communication studies and cultural studies. (Font. Editor)
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Celebrating the significant intellectual legacy and enduring influence of Raymond Williams, this exciting collection introduces a whole new generation to his work and makes available in a single volume a representative selection of writings across Williams' whole career that will interest readers already familiar with his work. Jim McGuigan seeks here to restore Williams' reputation within the social sciences by gathering together and introducing his key writings. Providing context and clarification, he evokes the major contribution Williams has made to sociology, media and communications and cultural studies. Insisting upon and substantiating the continuing and indeed fresh relevance of Williams within our contemporary neoliberal and digital age, the book: Includes texts which have never been anthologised before; Situates Williams' work both biographically and historically; Provides a comprehensive introduction to Williams' social-scientific work; Demonstrates the enduring relevance of cultural materialism across both the humanities and social sciences. Original and persuasive, this book will be of interest to anyone involved in theoretical and methodological modules within sociology, media and communication studies and cultural studies. (Font. Editor)

About the authors -- Acknowledgements -- Further Acknowledgements -- Introduction / Raymond Williams on Culture and Society -- 1. Culture is Ordinary -- 2. Mass, Masses and Mass Communication -- 3. Structure of Feeling and Selective Tradition -- 4. Advertising - The Magic System -- 5. Communication Systems -- 6. The Idea of a Common Culture -- 7. Social Darwinism -- 8. Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory -- 9. The Technology and the Society -- 10. Drama in a Dramatized Society -- 11. Communications as Cultural Science -- 12. Developments in the Sociology of Culture -- 13- Realism and Non-Naturalism -- 14. A Lecture on Realism -- 15. Means of Communication as Means of Production -- 16. 'Industrial' and 'Post-Industrial' Society -- 17. The Culture of Nations -- 18. Resources for a Journey of Hope -- 19. State Culture and Beyond -- 20. The Future of Cultural Studies -- Index

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