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Understanding Culture by Gavin Kendall
Book DescriptionUnderstanding Culture offers an accessible and comprehensive overview of the field of cultural studies whilst also proposing a different way of 'doing' cultural studies. It focuses on the ways in which cultural objects and practices serve as both a means of ordering people's lives and as markers of that ordering. The book reviews the state of the discipline of cultural studies and suggests a new theoretical and methodological orientation drawing on the work of: Foucault; scepticism, Wittgenstein; Harvey Sacks and John Law; uses insights from a variety of sources to examine the complex ways in which meanings are manufactured as lives are ordered in particular social settings: personal life, education, health, the city and law; and presents case studies that illustrate what the new cultural studies looks like, covering: colonialism, everyday life and identity, and technology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761965152
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gavin Kendall
Sociology of Cosmopolitanism, Hardback (April 2009)
The dream of a cosmopolitical utopia has been around for thousands of years. Yet the promise of being locally situated while globally connected and mobile has never seemed more possible than today. Through a classical sociological approach, this book analyses the political, technological and cultural systems underlying cosmopolitanism.
State, Democracy and Globalization, Hardback (November 2003)
An integrated account of the state in the contemporary world, this text provides an accessible but informed introduction for students. It covers the rise of the state and argues that its power and influence are in decline in the face of globalization and new forms of governance in the 21st century.
Using Foucault's Methods, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Gavin Kendall
'At last, a student-friendly guide that answers the question: "Yes, but how do you do Foucault?" Kendall and Wickham address the thorny question of how-to-Foucault in a clear, distinctive manner that stands out in the secondary literature on this important thinker' - Toby Miller, New York University
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Author Biography - Gavin Kendall
Born in London, Gavin Kendall was educated at Cambridge, Manchester and London Universities, and before moving to QUT, lectured for six years at Lancaster University. His books include The Sociology of Cosmopolitanism; State, Democracy and Globalization; Understanding Culture; and Using Foucault's Methods. "I try to relate my teaching to my research, inasmuch as I try to always discuss my thinking on the key questions that have stayed with me through all my years as an undergraduate, a postgraduate, and an academic - questions of power and government, of the role of law, and of the limits of sovereignty."
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