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Critical Trajectories: Culture, Society, Intellectuals

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5699-8
224 pages
November 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Critical Trajectories: Culture, Society, Intellectuals brings together for the first time writings from one of the leading figures in cultural studies -- Tony Bennett. The selections in the volume span the period from the late 1970s to the present, representing issues of enduring concern in Bennett's work over this period and throughout his wide-ranging intellectual career.

  • Charts the extensive influence of Bennett’s thinking across the humanities and social sciences - from cultural history to museums and memory, and from Bond and popular culture to cultural policy and governance
  • Tackles some of the most important subjects in cultural studies, including aesthetics, textuality, the intellectual, and the role of cultural history
  • Includes a new introductory essay pinpointing Bennett’s concerns in changing intellectual and political contexts
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: The literary and the aesthetic.

1. Severing the aesthetic connection.

2. Texts, readers and reading formations.

3. Figuring audiences and readers.

Part II: Culture, governance and the social.

4. Culture and governmentality.

5. Acting on the social: art, culture, and government.

Part III: Museums as civic machineries.

6. Archaeological autopsy: objectifying time and cultural governance.

7. Civic seeing: museums and the organisation of vision.

Part IV: Intellectuals, culture, politics.

8. Intellectuals, culture, policy: the technical, the practical and the critical.

9. The historical universal: the role of cultural value in the historical sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.

Selected Bibliography.

References.

Index

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Author Information

Tony Bennett is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, where he is a Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change jointly managed by the Open University and the University of Manchester, and a Professorial Fellow in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Bennett's work encompasses sociology, cultural studies, museum theory, and cultural history.
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  • Brings together for the first time writings by Tony Bennett, one of the leading figures in cultural studies
  • Charts the extensive influence of Bennett’s thinking across the humanities and social sciences - from cultural history to museums and memory, and from Bond and popular culture to cultural policy and governance
  • Tackles some of the most important subjects in cultural studies, including aesthetics, textuality, the intellectual, and the role of cultural history
  • Covers the period from the late 1970s to 2005, representing issues of enduring concern in Bennett’s work over this period and throughout his wide-ranging intellectual career
  • Includes a new introductory essay pinpointing Bennett’s concerns in changing intellectual and political contexts
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Reviews

"Critical Trajectories provides an accessible and compelling snapshot of many of Tony Bennett’s most important contributions to defining a Foucauldean practice of cultural studies. It is a valuable addition to any library of contemporary cultural studies! Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, Co-editor, Cultural Studies<!--end-->



"Bennett's writing is as original and serious as it is unafraid to take up bold, sometimes controversial points of view. This book provides an excellent overview of his pathbreaking work on culture, power and government." Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies. University of Western Sydney

"More than just another 'best of' collection of scholarly essays." M/C Reviews

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