Description - Key Contemporary Concepts by John Lechte
Not since Raymond Williams' Keywords has a book provided such an essential map to the key concepts which frame our understanding of society and culture. From cybernetics to quantum theory, from ideology to power, from aesthetics to mimesis, Key Contemporary Concepts spans a range of disciplines to provide an insight into the current scientific and intellectual state of society. Not since Williams' landmark work has such an ambitious pedagogical and intellectual project been achieved with the same rigour, insight and breadth of knowledge. Each entry provides a history and current meaning of the concept in question. It then outlines its place in the work of a key author, while also offering an interpretation of the term's significance, both current and classical. Concepts are organized in alphabetical order, complete with references for further research, making this the essential reference for students throughout the social sciences and humanities.
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Author Biography - John Lechte
John Lechte is Professor in Sociology at Macquarie University, where he has responsibility for Graduate teaching and research. He has written widely on European philosophy and the image, including the work of Julia Kristeva and Georges Bataille. He has just published a key work on the image, Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and its Digital Future (2012), and is currently working on the human and the image. With Saul Newman, he will publish, in 2013, Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence.