Cultural Theory and Late Modernity

SAGE, 16.10.1995 - 320 Seiten
This wide-ranging book offers an original and inventive overview of contemporary cultural theory. Drawing together a wealth of different traditions and approaches, Johan Fornas outlines the breadth of the field of cultural theory and proposes a multidimensional model for understanding culture in late modernity.

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Seite 182 - A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign.
Seite 20 - Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones.
Seite 125 - Where there is power, there is resistance, and yet, or rather consequently, this resistance is never in a position of exteriority in relation to power.
Seite 20 - All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.
Seite 117 - Interpretive communities are made up of those who share interpretive strategies not for reading (in the conventional sense) but for writing texts, for constituting their properties and assigning their intentions. In other words these strategies exist prior to the act of reading and therefore determine the shape of what is read rather than, as is usually assumed, the other way around.
Seite 126 - Just as the network of power relations ends by forming a dense web that passes through apparatuses and institutions, without being exactly localized in them, so too the swarm of points of resistance traverses social stratifications and individual unities.
Seite 36 - A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
Seite 182 - A Sign, or Representamen, is a First which stands in such a genuine triadic relation to a Second, called its Object, as to be capable of determining a Third, called its Interpretant, to assume the same triadic relation to its Object in which it stands itself to the same Object.

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