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2nd Edition

By Chris Jenks, Chris Jenks


248 pages

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Culture is a concept that has remained on the top of the agenda within the social sciences for two decades. It incites controversy and debate and always appears fresh. This book, updated throughout and with new sections on visual culture, urban culture and subcultures, argues that to understand the concept we need to locate it within traditions of thought and appreciate its political and ideological bases. The book looks at the concept of culture in the context of idealism and materialism, examining its relation to the notion of social structure and assessing its once assumed monopoly within literary study.

Culture remains stimulating throughout. A standard reference text for students on sociology and cultural studies courses, this second concise and student-friendly edition offers an overview over the sociology of culture in an accessible format.


Praise for the previous edition:

'A very good book - jam-packed with clear, erudite and insightful discussions of the history and varying usages and meanings of the concept of culture. It is a well balanced and well written text.' - Eric Dunning, Leicester University, UK

'Jenks gives us a marvellously clear overview of where we have been going in cultural studies.' - John O'Neill, York University, Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

1. Origins of the Concept of Culture in Philosophy and Literature 2. The Relationship between Culture and Social Structure 3. Culture, Idealism and Social Action 4. Culture, Materialism and Marxism 5. Cultural Stratification as Cultural Reproduction 6. Subculture 7. Visual Culture 8. Urban Culture 9. Culture and Postmodernism

About the Series

Key Ideas

This popular series covers the main concepts, issues, debates and controversies in sociology and the social sciences. The books are concise and informative yet lively. Written by leading authorities in the field, they give students access to 'new sociology' in manageable form.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General