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Description - Cultural Complexity by Ulf Hannerz

A rich, witty, and accessible introduction to the anthropology of contemporary cultures,Cultural Complexity emphasizes that culture is organized in terms of states, markets, and movements. Hannerz pays special attention to the interplay between the centralizing agencies of culture, such as schools and media, and the decentering diversity of subcultures, and considers the special role of cities as the centers of cultural growth.Hannerz discusses cultural process in small-scale societies, the concept of subcultures, and the economics and politics of culture. Finally, he presents the twentieth-century globalization of culture as a process of cultural diffusion, polycentralism, and local innovation, focusing on periods of intensive cultural productivity in Vienna, Calcutta, and San Francisco.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231076234
ISBN-10: 0231076231
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 8-Apr-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ulf Hannerz

Ulf Hannerz is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Stockholm.

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