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Culture/Power/History

Culture/Power/History - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691021027

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ISBN13: 978-0691021027
ISBN10: 0691021023
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1994
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Culture/Power/History - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691021027

Nicholas B. Dirks, Geoff Eley and Sherry B. Eds. Ortner

ISBN13: 978-0691021027
ISBN10: 0691021023
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

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").

Author Bio

Dirks, Nicholas B. : University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Nicholas B. Dirksis Professor of Anthropology and History, University of Michigan


Eley, Geoff : University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Geoff Eleyis Professor of History, University of Michigan


Ortner, Sherry B. : University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Sherry B. Ortneris Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface
Permissions Acknowledgments
Introduction

Ch. 1 Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-1936

Ch. 2 Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory

Ch. 3 The Exhibitionary Complex

Ch. 4 Structures, Habitus, Power: Basis for a Theory of Symbolic Power

Ch. 5 Two Lectures

Ch. 6 After the Masses

Ch. 7 Family, Education, Photography

Ch. 8 Authority, (White) Power and the (Black) Critic; It's All Greek to Me

Ch. 9 Women, Class and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s: Some Reflections on the Writing of a Feminist History

Ch. 10 Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures: Placing Habermas in the Nineteenth Century

Ch. 11 The Prose of Counter-Insurgency

Ch. 12 Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties

Ch. 13 Cosmologies of Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Sector of ''The World System''

Ch. 14 Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly

Ch. 15 Ritual and Resistance: Subversion as a Social Fact

Ch. 16 The Circulation of Social Energy 4

Ch. 17 Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms

Ch. 18 The Born-Again Telescandals

Ch. 19 Secrets of Success in Postmodern Society

Ch. 20 Selections from Marxism and Literature

Notes on the Contributors
Index


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