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This well timed quantity presents a framework for figuring out the cultural flip when it comes to the classical legacy, modern cultural thought, and cultural research. It unearths the importance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt college, Stuart corridor, and the Birmingham tuition, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers obtain a stunning, severe survey of a few of the first figures within the box. in spite of the fact that, the booklet is far greater than a coarse advisor journey in the course of the ‘great figures’ within the box. via an research of particular difficulties, equivalent to transculturalism, transnationalism, feminism, well known track, and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating a number of the key questions of our time.

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Nevertheless, Eros and Civilization and his later books, were almost the only significant works of the 1950s and 1960s that embodied the substantive ideals of critical theory and that articulated any deepening of the Marxist humanist account of culture. The Legacy of Marxist Humanism While the critical theorists were first developing their ideas, other Marxists were also setting out related ideas, though none of these achieved the impact enjoyed by those of the Frankfurt theorists. Henri Lefebvre’s work Dialectical Materialism (Lefebvre, 1934–35) was poised somewhere between Lukács and Horkheimer.

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