Sketches in the Theory of Culture

Sketches in the Theory of Culture
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Zygmunt Bauman
485 g
228x151x27 mm

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds.
Sketches in the Theory of Culture is a remarkable work by all measures. Written by Zygmunt Bauman when he was still a professor in Poland, and originally intended for publication in 1968, it was suppressed by the Polish government in the wave of repression following the protests in March of that year. For decades, it was thought to be lost. Astonishingly, it survived in the form of an uncorrected set of proofs which was recently discovered, and is the basis of this edition.Now published in English for the first time, this book sheds new light on Bauman's work prior to his emigration and illuminates the intellectual climate of Poland in the late 1960s. Bauman's pursuit of a semiotic theory of culture includes a discussion of processes of individualization and the intensification of global ties, anticipating themes that became central to his later work. Though this book stands as a testament to a historical moment, it also transcends it. '[W]e live in an age that seems, for the first time in human history, to acknowledge cultural multiplicity as an innate and fixed feature of the world, one which gives rise to new forms of identity that are at ease with plurality, like a fish in water', writes Bauman - a statement that is as true today as it was when he penned it in the 1960s.Sketches in the Theory of Culture is a strikingly prescient reflection on culture and society by one of the most influential social thinkers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities and to the many readers of Bauman's work.
A Message in a Bottle: on the Recovered Work of Zygmunt Bauman viiDariusz BrzeziDskiFrom the Author 1Part I Sign and CultureI The Origins of the Semiotic Theory of Culture, or the Crisis of Cultural Anthropology 7II Towards a Semiotic Theory of Culture 31III Man and Sign 62IV The Problem of Universals and the Semiotic Theory of Culture 94V Some Research Problems in the Semiotic Theory of Culture 119Part II Culture and Social StructureI Cultural and Extra-Cultural Organization of Society 155II Economics, Culture, and Typologies of Societies 172III Cultural Determinants of the Research Process 203IV Three Observations About Problems of Contemporary Education 216V Masses, Classes, Elites: Semiotics and the Re-Imagination of the Sociological Function of Culture 231Afterword 251Zygmunt Bauman, 2016Notes 256Index 269

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