Cultural Analysis: The Work of Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jürgen Habermas

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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First published in 1984, Cultural Analysis is a systematic examination of the theories of culture contained in the writings of four contemporary social theorists: Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jürgen Habermas.

This study of their work clarifies their contributions to the analysis of culture and shows the converging assumptions that the authors believe are laying the foundation for a new approach to the study of culture. The focus is specifically on culture, a concept that remains subject to ambiguities of treatment, and concentrates on questions concerning the definition and content of culture, its construction, its relations with social conditions, and the manner in which it may be changing. The books demonstrates how these writers have made strides towards defining culture as an objective element of social interaction which can be subjected to critical investigation.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The phenomenology of Peter L Berger
21
3 The cultural anthropology of Mary Douglas
77
4 The neostructuralism of Michel Foucault
133
5 The critical theory of Jürgen Habermas
179
6 An emerging framework
240
Bibliography
264
Index
271
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