New PDF release: Cultural theory : the key concepts

By Andrew Edgar, Peter Sedgwick

ISBN-10: 0415399394

ISBN-13: 9780415399395

Now in its moment variation, Cultural idea: the foremost recommendations is an up to date and finished survey of over 350 of the most important phrases imperative to cultural conception this day.

This moment variation comprises new entries on:

  •  colonialism
  • cybercultur
  •  globalisation
  •  terrorism
  • visual studies.

Providing transparent and succinct introductions to quite a lot of matters, from feminism to postmodernism, Cultural thought: the major Concepts is still a vital source for college students of literature, sociology, philosophy and media and someone wrestling with modern cultural theory.

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The University of Birmingham closed the Centre in 2002. Further reading: Turner 1996. AE BODY Until recently, the body has been either ignored or made marginal in philosophical, political and cultural theory. Thus, in philosophy, human agency and the identity of the person were traditionally seen to lie in the mind. The mind (or soul) was permanent and, in its 29 BODY rationality, was the source of all our knowledge. A key philosophical problem (for example from the writings of Descartes in the seventeenth century onwards) was the relationship of the mind to the body.

This may further mark the neglect of the issue of meaning by modernist architectural theory, thanks to its over-emphasis on a technologically oriented functionalism. In addition, the development of the city in the late twentieth century exemplifies a number of core postmodernist themes, for example in terms of the shift from production to consumption, increased gentrification, and the role of tourism in defining and reshaping the city. Leach has expertly brought together key representative texts in the cultural theory of architecture in his Rethinking Architecture (1997).

We need a reason to reflect upon it, and that reason comes only through a bodily engagement. Thus Heidegger, like the pragmatists and even David Hume, introduces the body into philosophical thought by directly criticising the way in which Descartes does philosophy. Heidegger further emphasises the necessity of the body—along with all its contingencies—to our selfunderstanding as human beings in the demand that we must accept 30 BODY that we are mortal. The Heideggerian approach was influential on the development of French phenomenology, particularly in the analysis of ‘flesh’ by Maurice Merleau-Ponty (again beginning from the argument that consciousness is embodied in a particular world) (1962), and Jean-Paul Sartre (not least in his spectacular analysis of torture, as the attempt to capture and possess the freedom of the victim within his or her flesh) (1958:303–59).

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