Cultural Theory and the Problem of Modernity by Alan Swingewood

By Alan Swingewood

This ebook offers a entire account of alternative sociological theories of tradition. interpreting and evaluating Marxist contributions from Gramsci, the Frankfurt college and Raymond Williams with the paintings of Weber, Durkheim, Simmel and Parsons, the writer in flip contrasts those contributions with modern cultural idea. suggestions and theories of tradition comparable to hegemony, strength box and cultural materialism are mentioned, and the paintings of Habermas, Bourdieu, Bakhtin, Jameson and Bell is tested significantly. the writer develops a sociological method of the research and research of tradition that enables the complicated nature of social context to be taken into consideration. Arguing that cultural thought needs to both enhance theories of business enterprise and self, he experiences the ways in which either classical and modern sociological and Marxist theories have failed during this regard.

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The objectification of culture based on increasing specialisation generates estrangement between the subject and its products, the 'sheer quantity' of the objects produced confronting the individual as external, autonomous entities: 'Cultural objects increasingly evolve into an interconnected enclosed world that has increasingly fewer points at which the subjective soul can interpose its will and feelings' (Simmel, 1990, p. 46). On one level, therefore, Simmel advanced the view that social development necessarily leads to a decentred culture characterised by multiple participation in a complex of social circles.

In Gramsci's analysis, culture, as both institutions and practices, is closely bound up with history and politics, deeply imbricated in power relations. Culture is not neutral nor does it arise spontaneously from social institutions. Culture is produced by specific groups or intellectuals, especially those belonging to the 'rising class', who must combat the old and the traditional with the new and the challenging. It is these class-bound intellectuals who engage in struggles over new modes of expression, including language and popular and high culture, all of which play important roles in the forging of a new society and social relations.

Culture is not neutral nor does it arise spontaneously from social institutions. Culture is produced by specific groups or intellectuals, especially those belonging to the 'rising class', who must combat the old and the traditional with the new and the challenging. It is these class-bound intellectuals who engage in struggles over new modes of expression, including language and popular and high culture, all of which play important roles in the forging of a new society and social relations. One of Gramsci's most important points is that culture, while contextbound and thus finite, always involves some notion of universal values.

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