On Symbols and Society by Kenneth Burke
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On Symbols and Society
By Kenneth Burke

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On Symbols and Society by Kenneth Burke

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Kenneth Burke's innovative use of dramatism and dialectical method have made him a powerful critical force in an extraordinary variety of disciplines education, philosophy, history, psychology, religion, and others. While most widely acclaimed as a literary critic, Burke has elaborated a perspective toward the study of behavior and society that holds immense significance and rich insights for sociologists. This original anthology brings together for the first time Burke's key writings on symbols and social relations to offer social scientists access to Burke's thought. In his superb introductory essay, Joseph R. Gusfield traces the development of Burke's approach to human action and its relationship to other similar sources of theory and ideas in sociology; he discusses both Burke's influence on sociologists and the limits of his perspective. Burke regards literature as a form of human behavior and human behavior as embedded in language. His lifework represents a profound attempt to understand the implications for human behavior based on the fact that humans are "symbol-using animals." As this volume demonstrates, the work that Burke produced from the 1930s through the 1960s stands as both precursor and contemporary key to recent intellectual movements such as structuralism, symbolic anthropology, phenomenological and interpretive sociology, critical theory, and the renaissance of symbolic interaction."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226080789
ISBN-10: 0226080781
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1989
Country of Publication: United States

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This work brings together the late essays, autobiographical reflections, an interview and a poem by the eminent literary theorist and cultural critic Kenneth Burke (1897-1993). The pieces address many important themes he tackled such as logology, technology and ecology.

Attitudes Toward History by Kenneth Burke Attitudes Toward History, Paperback (June 1984)

Marks the author's breakthrough in criticism from the literary and aesthetic into social theory and the philosophy of history. This title provides his first entry into what he calls his theory of Dramatism; and, an important section on the nature of ritual.

Permanence and Change by Kenneth Burke Permanence and Change, Paperback (May 1984)

Treats human communication in terms of ideal cooperation. In this book, the author establishes that form permeates society just as it does poetry and the arts. It states that forms of art are not exclusively aesthetic: the cycles of a storm, the gradations of a sunrise, the undoing of Prince Hamlet are all instances of progressive form.

Rhetoric of Religion by Kenneth Burke Rhetoric of Religion, Paperback (April 1970)

Pointing out that religion and language affect each other, the author proceeds to demonstrate how this is so by reference to a specific symbolic context. He analysess verbal action in St Augustine's Confessions, and then discusses the first three chapters of Genesis, and ends with an imaginary dialogue between the Lord and Satan.

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