Raymond Williams s Sociology of Culture

Author: P. Jones
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230596894
Release Date: 2003-12-19
Genre: Science

This detailed study of Williams unlocks his late sociology of culture. It covers previously overlooked aspects, such as his critique of Birmingham cultural studies, his use of an Adorno-like approach to 'cultural production', his 'social formalist' alternative to structuralism and post-structuralism and his approach to 'the media'.

Democratic Communications

Author: James F. Hamilton
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739118676
Release Date: 2009-07-01
Genre: Political Science

This is the first book to take issue with the long-standing assumptions about alternative media and democratic communications and place them in a detailed cultural and historical context. Ranging from prophecy in sixteenth-century England to the self-managed projects of critical literacy and social change of today, it assesses the historical heritage, present conditions, and future possibilities of today's remade media landscape for democratic communications.

The Sociology of Culture

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226899217
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Social Science

Raymond Williams helped to establish the field of cultural sociology with Marxism and Literature and Culture and Society. Continuing the work of those studies, The Sociology of Culture offers debate on the origin and evolution of culture. It defines sociology of culture as a convergence of various fields and explores ways in which culture is socially mediated. "A historical analysis of the social organization of culture in terms of its institutions and formations. Insisting that the term sociology of culture implies a convergence of interests and methods, Williams draws from a broad range of examples: Greek drama, Celtic bards, the Pre-Raphaelites, Bloomsbury and modern copyright laws, among others."—Library Journal Raymond Williams (1921-87) was professor of drama at Cambridge University. His many books include Marxism and Literature, Keywords, Country and the City, and Culture and Society.

Culture and Society 1780 1950

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231057016
Release Date: 1983-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

The romantic artist - Mill on bentham and coleridge - Thomas carlyle - The industrial novels - J.H. Newman and Matthew Arnold - Art and society - Interregnum - Twentieth-century opinions.

Marxism and Literature

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780198760610
Release Date: 1977-11-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

In this book, the author analyzes previous contributions to a Marxist theory of literature from Marx himself to Lukacs, Althusser, and Goldmann, and develops his own approach by outlining a theory of 'cultural materialism' which integrates Marxist theories of language with Marxist theories of literature.

The Sociology of Rural Life

Author: Samantha Hillyard
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 9781845201388
Release Date: 2007-07-15
Genre: Social Science

Foot and mouth disease and BSE have both had a devastating impact on rural society. Alongside these devastating developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize an already politicized rural population. From fox-hunting to farming, the vigour with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Over the years "rural life" has been defined, redefined and eventually fallen out of fashion as a sociological concept--in contrast to urban studies, which has flourished. This much-needed reappraisal calls for its reinterpretation in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. First providing an overview of rural sociology, Hillyard goes on to offer contemporary case studies that clearly demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling a range of contentious issues--from fox-hunting to organic farming--this book offers a new model for rural sociology and reassesses its role in contemporary society.

Stoner

Author: John Williams
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590179284
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Genre: Fiction

"Born the child of a poor farmer in Missouri, William Stoner is urged by his parents to study new agriculture techniques at the state university. Digging instead into the texts of Milton and Shakespeare, Stoner falls under the spell of the unexpected pleasures of English literature, and decides to make it his life. Stoner is the story of that life"--Publisher description (January 2007).

Resources of Hope

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781784787950
Release Date: 2016-02-23
Genre: Political Science

Collected essays and talks from one of Britain’s great thinkers, ranging across political and cultural theory Raymond Williams possessed unique authority as Britain’s foremost cultural theorist and public intellectual. Informed by an unparalleled range of reference and the resources of deep personal experience, his life’s work represents a patient, exemplary commitment to the building of a socialist future. This book brings together important early writings including “Culture is Ordinary,” “The British Left,” “Welsh Culture” and “Why Do I Demonstrate?” with major essays and talks of the last decade. It includes work on such central themes as the nature of a democratic culture, the value of community, Green socialism, the nuclear threat, and the relation between the state and the arts. Here too, collected for the first time, are the important later political essays which undertake a thorough revaluation of the principles fundamental to the idea of socialist democracy, and confirm Williams as a shrewd and imaginative political theorist. In a sober yet constructive assessment of the possibilities for socialist advance, Williams—in the face of much recent intellectual fashion—powerfully reasserts his lifelong commitment to “making hope practical, rather than despair convincing.” This valuable collection confirms Raymond Williams as a thinker of rare versatility and one of the outstanding intellectuals of our century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Politics and Letters

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781784780173
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Philosophy

Raymond Williams made a central contribution to the intellectual culture of the Left in the English-speaking world. He was also one of the key figures in the foundation of cultural studies in Britain, which turned critical skills honed on textual analysis to the examination of structures and forms of resistance apparent in everyday life. Politics and Letters is a volume of interviews with Williams, conducted by New Left Review, designed to bring into clear focus the major theoretical and political issues posed by his work. Introduced by writer Geoff Dyer, Politics and Letters ranges across Williams’s biographical development, the evolution of his cultural theory and literary criticism, his work on dramatic forms and his fiction, and an exploration of British and international politics. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Social Media

Author: Christian Fuchs
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781473987494
Release Date: 2017-02-25
Genre: Computers

This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and make informed judgements. The second edition explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb and social media in China.

Illuminations from the Past

Author: Ban Wang
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804750998
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

This book offers a cultural history of modern China by looking at the tension between memory and history. Mainstream books on China tend to focus on the hard aspects of economics, government, politics, or international relations. This book takes a humanistic look at modern changes and examines how Chinese intellectuals and artists experienced trauma, social upheavals, and transformations. Drawing on a wide array of sources in political and aesthetic writings, literature, film, and public discourse, the author has portrayed the unique ways the Chinese imagine and portray their own historical destiny in the midst of trauma, catastrophe, and runaway globalization.

Exploring Disability

Author: Colin Barnes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745698915
Release Date: 2018-05-21
Genre: Social Science

The second edition of this widely used text has been carefully rewritten to ensure that it is up-to-date with cutting-edge debates, evidence, and policy changes. Since the book's initial publication, there has been an expansion of interest in disability in the social sciences, and disability has come to play an increasingly prominent role in political debates. The new edition takes account of all these developments, and also gives greater emphasis to global issues in order to reflect the increasing and intensifying interdependence of nation states in the twenty-first century. The authors examine, amongst other issues,the changing nature of the concept of disability, key debates in the sociology of health and illness, the politicisation of disability, social policy, and the cultural and media representation of disability. As well as providing an excellent overview of the literature in the area, the book develops an understanding of disability that has implications for both sociology and society. The second edition of Exploring Disability will be indispensable for students across the social sciences, and in health and social care, who really want to understand the issues facing disabled people and disabling societies.

Reconstructing Ancient Landscape

Author: Sofia Pescarin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9639911097
Release Date: 2009
Genre: History

This book serves as an up-to-date manual for the ever evolving discipline of digital landscape reconstruction, and shows how digital tools can used in the interpretation of archaeological data related to past landscapes. It draws on the work of the Italian National Research Councils Lab in Virtual Heritage, illustrating its points with case studies from their research.

Questions of Method in Cultural Studies

Author: Mimi White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405152235
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Social Science

Question of Method in Cultural Studies brings together a group of scholars from across the social sciences and humanities to consider one of the most vexing issues confronting the proverbial 'anti-discipline' of cultural studies. Covers such topics as the media, feminism, and politics Identifies what methods have prevailed in the interdisciplinary pursuit of cultural studies Examines the relationship between cultural studies and traditional disciplines, the politics of knowledge, and spatial and temporal models Probes the possibility of method in explicit terms for scholars and students in media, communications, sociology and allied fields.

Mapping Intermediality in Performance

Author: Sarah Bay-Cheng
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789089642554
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts

This insightful book explores the relationship between theater and digital culture. The authors show that the marriage of traditional performance with new technologies leads to an upheaval of the implicit “live” quality of theatre by introducing media interfaces and Internet protocols, all the while blurring the barriers between theater-makers and their audience.