Cultural Theory: An Introduction
February 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface -- What is Culture? What is Cultural Theory?.
1. Culture in Classical Social Theory.
2. Culture and Social Integration in the Work of Talcott Parsons.
3. Culture as Ideology in Western Marxism.
4. Culture as Action in Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology.
5. The Durkheimians: Ritual, Classification, and the Sacred.
6. Structuralism and the Semiotic Analysis of Culture.
7. The Poststructural Turn.
8. Culture, Structure, and Agency: Three Attempts at Synthesis.
9. British Cultural Studies.
10. The Production and Reception of Culture.
11. Culture as Text: Narrative and Hermeneutics.
12. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Culture and the Self.
13. The Cultural Analysis of Postmodernism and Postmodernity.
14. Postmodern and Poststructural Critical Theory.
- Provides a highly accessible introduction to the complex issues
and thinkers in cultural theory.
- Covers a wide range of theoretical perspectives developed over
the past century.
- Includes extensive pedagogy, with summaries, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, and heavy cross-referencing.
"I cannot conceive of a better introduction to a century of
cultural theory. Smith gives cultural theory life and brings it
down to earth, where it belongs." Barry Schwartz, University of
"Philip Smith has written the Zagat guide not just to sociology
of culture and cultural sociology, but of cultural theory in the
grandest sense. This will be a great introduction for students and
a cheat sheet for more than a few professors. Bravo!" Roger
Friedland, University of California at Santa Barbara
"This engaging book deftly maps the important theoretical
traditions in the field of cultural analysis, with special
attention to the leading thinkers. Philip Smith's lucid writing and
comprehensive scope will be of great value to students and scholars
as they seek to orient themselves in the field and identify the
major concepts." Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Swarthmore
"Being a remarkable practitioner in the domain of cultural
theory, Philip Smith adopts a powerful stance in his far-reaching
approach of the genealogy of this domain." Laurent Thévenot,
Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris
".Smith has produced a very useful and informative introduction to a broad variety of theories and culture" Choice