By Brian Longhurst, Greg Smith, Gaynor Bagnall, Garry Crawford, Miles Ogborn

This thoroughly revised moment variation of Introducing Cultural reports supplies a scientific evaluation of the options, theories, debates and most up-to-date learn during this box. Reinforcing the interdisciplinary nature of Cultural Studies, this text first considers cultural thought earlier than branching out to ascertain diverse dimensions of tradition intimately. This variation comprises figures, diagrams, cartoons and pictures to aid express rules and stimulate the reader, while pedagogical good points such as Defining recommendations,  Extract boxes and additional studying sections help draw attention to the key topics lined. this article will be middle examining for undergraduates and postgraduates in numerous disciplines - together with Cultural reviews, conversation and Media reviews, English, Geography, Sociology, and Social stories – trying to find a transparent and understandable advent to the sphere

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3 Theorising culture This section introduces theories of culture which attempt to address the issues and problems set out above and to unite them within frameworks of expla- nation. The bringing together of diverse issues and problems into a single form necessarily involves a process of abstraction. Theorists move away from the detail of particular instances and look for connections in terms of general principles or concepts. For the student, this means that theories are often difficult to grasp at first sight, couched as they are in abstract language.

Hence there is an important sense in which culture ‘oils the wheels’ of society. In the functionalist view of Parsons, society, culture and the individual are separate but interrelated, each interpenetrating the other. Culture occupies a central place because on the one hand it is internalised by individuals and on the other it is institutionalised in the stable patterns of action that make up major economic, political and kinship structures of the society. Social structure and social conflict: class, gender and ‘race’ The separation of culture and social structure is not limited to functionalist theorists.

The concept of ‘race’ is often put in inverted commas because ‘race’, like gender, is also a social rather than a biological category. Although people are often differently defined by ‘racial’ characteristics, there are always as many differences within a defined ‘racial’ group as between ‘racial’ groups (Fields, 1990: 97). Fryer (1984) has argued that racial prejudice is cultural in the sense that it is the articulation of popular beliefs held by a people about others who are felt to be different from themselves.

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