First published in 1984, Cultural Analysis is a systematic examination of the theories of culture contained in the writings of four contemporary social theorists: Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jürgen Habermas.
This study of their work clarifies their contributions to the analysis of culture and shows the converging assumptions that the authors believe are laying the foundation for a new approach to the study of culture. The focus is specifically on culture, a concept that remains subject to ambiguities of treatment, and concentrates on questions concerning the definition and content of culture, its construction, its relations with social conditions, and the manner in which it may be changing. The books demonstrates how these writers have made strides towards defining culture as an objective element of social interaction which can be subjected to critical investigation.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Limiting Assumptions 2. Four Perspectives on Culture 3. Toward Clarification and Culture Part 2: The Phenomenology of Peter L. Berger 4. Intellectual Assumptions 5. Berger’s Perspective on Culture 6. Culture and Social Change 7. Conclusions Part 3: The Cultural Anthropology of Mary Douglas 8. Intellectual Assumptions 9. Douglas’ Perspective on Culture 10. Culture and Social Change 11. Conclusions Part 4: The Neo-Structuralism of Michel Foucault Douglas 12. Intellectual Assumptions 13. Foucault’s Perspective on Culture 14. Culture and Social Change 15. Conclusions Part 5: The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas 16. Intellectual Assumptions 17. Habermas’s Perspective on Culture 18. Culture and Social Change 19. Conclusions Part 6: An Emerging Framework 20. The Problem of Subjectivity 21. Relating Culture and Social Structure 22. The Issue of Positivism 23. Cultural Analysis