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This well timed quantity presents a framework for knowing the cultural flip when it comes to the classical legacy, modern cultural concept, and cultural research. It finds the importance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt university, Stuart corridor, and the Birmingham university, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers obtain a stunning, serious survey of a few of the first figures within the box. even though, the publication is far greater than a coarse consultant journey during the ‘great figures’ within the box. via an research of particular difficulties, similar to transculturalism, transnationalism, feminism, well known track, and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating the various key questions of our time.
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The power relations of the economy and the state had an objectivity and impersonality that made them appear to be necessary and inescapable. Acceptance of these reified constraints made the idea of human freedom appear to be a merely utopian fantasy. This was the ‘dialectic’ of the Enlightenment. In promising human liberation through rational knowledge, it had, in fact, produced systems and principles that denied and undermined real freedom. The Enlightenment project was contradictory in its consequences, producing a social whole that combined rational technique with the distortion of human creativity and autonomy: ‘With the extension of the bourgeois commodity economy, the dark horizon of myth is illumined by the sun of calculating reason, beneath whose cold rays the seed of the new barbarism grows to fruition’ (Adorno and Horkheimer, 1944: 32).
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