Defending Culture (häftad)
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Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Springer International Publishing AG
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1 Tables, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 256 p. 1 illus.
210 x 148 x 15 mm
365 g
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Defending Culture (häftad)

Defending Culture

Conceptual Foundations and Contemporary Debate

Häftad Engelska, 2018-08-04
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This book concerns the implications and interrelations of key concepts of culture, defending an updated communicative notion of culture as meaning-making against a series of current challenges. The first part of the book distinguishes four main concepts of culture, presenting their histories, uses, limitations and mutual contradictions, which else often tend to be neglected. The second part scrutinizes neomaterialist and posthumanist critics' antihermeneutic efforts to escape the spirals of interpretation and meaning. Learning from such contestations, the third part summarizes the arguments and in five theses reconstructs a contemporary and comprehensive agenda for cultural studies, based on creative imagination and communicative mediation in the dynamic interface between meaning and materiality. This thus provides a survey of fundamental concepts and theories of culture for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, while simultaneously also serving as an introductory guide to the contemporary debate in this field.
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Johan Fornas is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Soedertoern University, Sweden. He founded the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden and the journal Culture Unbound, and is a member of Academia Europaea. His previous books include Cultural Theory and Late Modernity (1995), Consuming Media (2007), Signifying Europe (2012), Capitalism (2013) and Europe Faces Europe (2017).


Chapter 1. Introduction: Which culture? Chapter 2. The ontological concept of culture as cultivation Chapter 3. The anthropological concept of culture as lifeform Chapter 4. The aesthetic concept of culture as art Chapter 5. The hermeneutic concept of culture as meaning making Chapter 6. Interpretation Chapter 7. Things Chapter 8. Media Chapter 9. Culture returns Chapter 10. Further tasks Chapter 11. Conclusion: Cultural crosscurrents