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The intellectual radicalism of the 1960s spawned a new set of questions about the role and nature of qthe politicalq 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 qrolesq 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--qculture, q qpower, q and qhistoryq--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 qnew economy of power relationsq 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 (qCultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralismq), Sally Alexander (qWomen, Class, and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840sq), Tony Bennett (qThe Exhibitionary Complexq), Pierre Bourdieu (qStructures, Habitus, Powerq), Nicholas B. Dirks (qRitual and Resistanceq), Geoff Eley (qNations, Publics, and Political Culturesq), Michel Foucault (Two Lectures), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (qAuthority, [White] Power and the [Black] Criticq), Stephen Greenblatt (qThe Circulation of Social Energyq), Ranajit Guha (qThe Prose of Counter-Insurgencyq), Stuart Hall (qCultural Studies: Two Paradigmsq), Susan Harding (qThe Born-Again Telescandalsq), Donna Haraway (qTeddy Bear Patriarchyq), Dick Hebdige (qAfter the Massesq), Susan McClary (qLiving to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshlyq), Sherry B. Ortner (qTheory in Anthropology since the Sixtiesq), Marshall Sahlins (qCosmologies of Capitalismq), Elizabeth G. Traube (qSecrets of Success in Postmodern Societyq), Raymond Williams (selections from Marxism and Literature), and Judith Williamson (qFamily, Education, Photographyq).Each offers a vision. Each is a window onto knowledge. A diorama is eminently a story, a part of natural history. The story is told in the pages of nature, read by the naked eye. The animals in the habitat groups are captured in a photographera#39;sanbsp;...

Author:Nicholas B. Dirks, Geoff Eley, Sherry B. Ortner
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1994


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