By Andrew Edgar, Peter Sedgwick
Now in its moment version, Cultural concept: the major innovations is an updated and accomplished survey of over 350 of the foremost phrases significant to cultural idea this day.
This moment version contains new entries on:
- visual studies.
Providing transparent and succinct introductions to a variety of matters, from feminism to postmodernism, Cultural thought: the foremost Concepts is still an important source for college students of literature, sociology, philosophy and media and someone wrestling with modern cultural theory.
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AE CAPITALISM A form of social and economic organisation, typiﬁed by the predominant role played by capital in the economic production process, and by the existence of extensive markets by which the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services (including labour) is organised. The development of capitalism may most readily be linked to industrialisation, and thus has its purest manifestation in nineteenth-century Britain and USA. However, a more limited form of (mercantile) capitalism, characterised by limited markets in commodities, and thus by the existence of a small capitalist class of merchants, but without industrial production or free labour markets, existed in medieval Europe.
Culture/nature; dark/light; male/female; birth/death). One side of the binary opposition can be meaningful only in relation to the other side. Each 27 BIRMINGHAM CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL STUDIES side has the meaning of not being its opposite. A term may therefore appear in more than one binary opposition, with its meaning being modiﬁed accordingly. ) Binary oppositions structure perception and interpretation of the natural and social world. In any system of signs, certain binary oppositions may be seen to stand in determinate relationships to each other.
The economic crises predicted by Marx are at worst managed and at best avoided by interventionist governments. There have been developments over the post-war period in technology (with the decline of traditional manufacturing industries and the rise of communications and knowledge-based industries) and in consumerism (with increasingly afﬂuent working and middle classes); as well as there being political shifts in the 1980s away from state intervention in the economy. All these demand new theories to explain the organisation of contemporary societies.