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The Concept of Culture

A History and Reappraisal

Authors: Hammersley, Martyn

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  • Analyses different senses of the term 'culture' as these have developed over time and across disciplines
  • Collates a wide range of scholarship in one place, but remains concise, well-written, accessible and comprehensive
  • Explains complex ideas with clarity, drawing on examples such as cultural deprivation, multiculturalism and digital culture 
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While the term ‘culture’ has come to be very widely used in both popular and academic discourse, it has a variety of meanings, and the differences among these have not been given sufficient attention. This book explores these meanings, and identifies some of the problems associated with them, as well as examining the role that values should play in cultural analysis. 

The development of four, very different, conceptions of culture is traced from the nineteenth century onwards: a notion of aesthetic cultivation associated with Matthew Arnold; the evolutionary view of culture characteristic of nineteenth-century anthropology; the idea of diverse cultures characteristic of twentieth and twenty-first century anthropology; and a conception of culture as a process of situated meaning-making – found today across anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. These conceptions of culture are interrogated, and a reformulation of the concept is sketched.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars across a variety of fields, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and education. 

About the authors

Martyn Hammersley is Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University, UK. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Concept of Culture
Book Subtitle
A History and Reappraisal
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22982-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22982-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22981-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 120
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