Karl Mannheim was one of the leading sociologists of the twentieth century. Essays on the Sociology of Culture, originally published in 1956, was one of his most important books. In it he sets out his ideas of intellectuals as producers of culture and explores the possibilities of a democratization of culture. This new edition includes a superb new preface by Bryan Turner which sets Mannheim's study in the appropriate historical and intellectual context and explains why his thought on culture remains essential for students engaged in debates about mass culture, the politics of culture and postmodernity.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part 1 Towards the Sociology of the Mind; Chapter 1 First Approach to the Subject; Chapter 2 The False and the Proper Concepts of History and Society; Chapter 3 The Proper and Improper Concept of the Mind; Chapter 4 An Outline of the Sociology of the Mind; Chapter 5 Recapitulation: The Sociology of the Mind as an Area of Inquiry; Part 2 The Problem of the Intelligentsia; Part 3 The Democratization of Culture; Chapter 6 Some Problems of Political Democracy at the Stage of its Full Development; Chapter 7 The Problem of Democratization as a General Cultural Phenomenon;