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The Contradictions of Culture: Cities, Culture, Women

Elizabeth Wilson
Format
Book
Published
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, 2001.
Language
English
Series
Theory, Culture & Society
Theory, Culture & Society (Unnumbered)
ISBN
0761969748, 9780761969747, 0761969756, 9780761969754
Summary
"The rise of cultural studies has raised the profile of 'culture' as a unifying theme in contemporary social theory and research. But does it make sense to regard popular culture as coherent? Is the acceptance of 'postmodern culture' simply an excuse for neglecting to address the deep and frustrating contradictions in culture?" "In this book one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day invites us to regard contemporary culture as incoherent, and to honestly and soberly confront the contradictory nature of cultural relations. These themes are exploited and developed through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism." "Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or that were opposed to the idea of emancipation. Chief among these was fashion, but the association of an interest in this deeply serious and culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubts about the coherence of postmodernism itself." "This book uses examples from popular culture to illustrate its arguments. The Contradictions of Culture broaches questions that go to the heart of the study of contemporary culture. It is for students of the sociology of culture and cultural studies."--Jacket.
Description
167 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-162) and index.
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