Critical Social Theory
Culture, Society and Critique
By (author) Tim Dant
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Critical Social Theory by Tim Dant
Book DescriptionCritical theory has left an indelible mark on postwar social thought. But what are the relations between critical theory and 'the cultural turn' ? How did critical theory inform later French critical theorists, such as Lefebvre, Barthes and Baudrillard? This accomplished and accessible book: - Demonstrates the origins of critical theory in the Marxian analysis of the capitalist mode of production and Freudian psychoanalysis - Clearly explains the main achievements of critical theory - Elucidates how critical theory defines culture as a system that constrains and alienates the individual - Explores the potential for social change and personal emancipation in the critical heritage. The author locates the importance of myth and reason, the significance of sexuality, the place of work, the difference between art and entertainment, the nature of everyday life and the relationship between knowledge and action. The result is a lucid and informative text which will appeal to all students interested in the critical traditions of social thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761954798
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tim Dant
Knowledge, Ideology & Discourse, Hardback (December 2010)
This student textbook tackles the traditional problems of the sociology of knowledge from a new perspective. Drawing on recent developments in social theory, Tim Dant explores crucial questions such as the roles of power and knowledge, the status of rational knowledge, and the empirical analysis of knowledge.
Jacqueline Hassink: Car Girls, Paperback (July 2009)
Captures the work of women who are employed to embody the corporate identities of international auto companies.
Materiality and Society, Paperback (December 2004)
This book examines the relationships between society and material culture: the interaction between people and things. Tim Dant argues that the traditional approach to material culture has focused on the symbolic meanings of objects, largely overlooking the material impact that objects have on everyday life in late modernity.
Material Culture in the Social World, Paperback (August 1999)» View all books by Tim Dant
Draws on theoretical work, including that of Simmel, Marx, and McLuhan as well as empirical work from humanities disciplines. This book uses ideas drawn from this work to explore a variety of things - from stone cairns to denim jeans, televisions to penis rings, houses to works of art - to understand something of how we live with them.
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Author Biography - Tim Dant
Tim Dant has worked at Leeds, The Open, Manchester Metropolitan, East Anglia and now Lancaster Universities. After an early career as a social policy researcher, he has specialized in the sociology of culture and particularly cultural and critical theory. His PhD, and first book, was on the sociology of knowledge and he has also written two books on material culture ('Material Culture in the Social World' and 'Materiality and Society') and one on the links between German and French critical theory ('Critical Social Theory', SAGE 2003). His most recent book is 'Television and the Moral Imaginary' and he is currently working on a critical phenomenology.
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