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Culture by Fred Inglis

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Culture, Raymond Williams once wrote, is one of the most difficult words in language. Since then the concept has become part of our everyday vocabulary; it is used in a variety of different contexts: to describe the behaviour of corporations or criminals; to provide personal and national identity; it even gives its name to a Department of State. In this engaging new textbook, Fred Inglis charts the history of the concept from its origins in the German Enlightenment to contemporary attempts to come to terms with the cultural impact of globalization. Drawing on the work of leading philosophers and theorists, the author adopts a broadly chronological approach to explore the changing definitions and contestations of culture over time. He concludes by highlighting the potential shortcomings of postmodernism, and argues for the continuing need to apply ancient values of truthfulness, goodness and beauty to all discussions of culture. This lively introduction will be of interest to undergraduate students and scholars in sociology, politics, anthropology, cultural and media studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745623801
ISBN-10: 0745623808
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 147mm x 21mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Richard Hoggart by Fred Inglis Richard Hoggart, Hardback (October 2013)

Fred Inglis tells this gripping tale of a figure of great significance to anyone who cherishes the stuff of culture, and tells it vividly and directly. It is a tale of a good man with which to edify the present, and to teach us of all that now threatens our best national (and international) forms of expression: our art, our culture, ourselves.

History Man by Fred Inglis History Man, Paperback (July 2011)

A biography of the last and greatest British idealist philosopher, R G Collingwood (1889-1943), a man who both thought and lived at full pitch. Best known for his philosophies of history and art, Collingwood was also a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician.

Short History of Celebrity by Fred Inglis Short History of Celebrity, Hardback (July 2010)

Arguing that celebrity is a mirror reflecting some of the worst as well as some of the best aspects of modern history itself, this book considers how the lives of the rich and famous provide not only entertainment but also social cohesion and, like morality plays, examples of what - and what not - to do.

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Author Biography - Fred Inglis

Fred Inglis is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Connecticut, 2002--2003.

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