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The concept of culture : a history and reappraisal

Author: Martyn Hammersley
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
Series: Palgrave pivot.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While the term 'culture' has come to be very widely used in both popular and academic discourse, it has a variety of meanings, and the differences among these have not been given sufficient attention. This book explores these meanings, and identifies some of the problems associated with them, as well as examining the role that values should play in cultural analysis. The development of four, very different,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hammersley, Martyn.
Concept of Culture : A History and Reappraisal.
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan UK, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martyn Hammersley
ISBN: 9783030229825 3030229823
OCLC Number: 1111947796
Description: 1 online resource (125 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
The singular conceptions of culture: the aesthetic and the development --
'Culture' in sociology and cultural studies --
Problems with the concept of culture and a suggested reformulation --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Palgrave pivot.
Responsibility: Martyn Hammersley.

Abstract:

While the term 'culture' has come to be very widely used in both popular and academic discourse, it has a variety of meanings, and the differences among these have not been given sufficient attention. This book explores these meanings, and identifies some of the problems associated with them, as well as examining the role that values should play in cultural analysis. The development of four, very different, conceptions of culture is traced from the nineteenth century onwards: a notion of aesthetic cultivation associated with Matthew Arnold; the evolutionary view of culture characteristic of nineteenth-century anthropology; the idea of diverse cultures characteristic of twentieth and twenty-first century anthropology; and a conception of culture as a process of situated meaning-making - found today across anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. These conceptions of culture are interrogated, and a reformulation of the concept is sketched. This book will be of interest to students and scholars across a variety of fields, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and education.

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