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Sociology of Culture

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Transcript of Sociology of Culture

Sociology of Culture
critical perspective
processes of social construction




power (relations)
ideology
globalised society
cultural and social conflict
The notion of CULTURE
The Cultural Turn
(Structural Functionalism)
Main themes covered
The aim of the course ...
... is to introduce basic theories of the Sociology of Culture and Cultural Studies, and their practical relevance relating to

identity,
subcultures,
cultural differences, and
ethnicity.
Cultures within a society
mass culture

(theory) -

Frankfurt School
(M. Horkheimer, Th. Adorno)


Raymond Williams
conjoining the research of working-class culture and popular media

(1970s USA - commercial tv)

culture as "a whole way of life"
reading of compulsory literature for classes in advance before every lecture

regular and active participation during classes (20%)

attendance of 70% of the classes

successful completion of two tests
mid-term (26 October) and
end-of-term (7 December)
(80%)
high culture - mass culture/popular culture
taste


subculture


nation
ethnicity
community
(cultural) identity
Urbanisation
How to maintain social solidarity while celebrating cultural diversity?
media representation
gender
race
class
nationality
age
... identity
Course requirements
facebook group
Societas
Civilisatio
Cultura
colere -->
colony, cult, culture
Norbert Elias (1939)
The Civilizing Process
Culture = system of
norms and values?
the (re-)defining of culture
central role of culture in the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences
pluralistic approach:
cultures
question of
tolerance
Bourdieu and the sociology of taste
Globalisation - glocalisation
Death Metal Angola
Botswana metalheads
1. Introduction : Culture and Society
2. Taste and Social Stratification
3. Popular Culture and High Culture
4. Researching Subcultures: from Deviance to Neo-Tribes
5. Popular Music, Youth and Subcultural Authenticity
6. The Faces of Poverty. Research and Representation
7.
Mid-term test
8. Identity and the Nation as Imagined Community
9. Ethnicity and Popular Culture
10. Community Rituals. Memory and Identity. Nostalgia
11. Technology and Society
12. Music: Sounds and Cultural Capital
13. End-of-term test
technology --> development?
media
telecommunication
internet
Global culture
global economy: the flow of goods
global communication: the flow of information
global migration: the flow of people
its limitations:

inequalities
digital gap
isolated regions

ethnocentrism
vs
cultural relativism
anthropology
high culture (elite culture)
- popular culture (mass culture)
- subcultures
taste is socially determined

socialisation (family, school ...)

economic - social - cultural
capital
native ethnography
(anthropology)
Chicago School
(i) a general process of intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic development;

(ii) a particular way of life, whether of a people, a period, a group, or humanity in general;

(iii) the works and practices of intellectual and especially artistic activity.
(Williams,
Keywords
)
Culture is ...
3rd definition
- "applied" version of the 1st
music, literature, painting, sculpture, film, dance ...
c.f. "Ministry of Culture"
cultural policy
...
Basic concepts
http://www.vice.com/read/atlas-hoods-botswanas-cowboy-metalheads/page/0
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