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Concepts of Culture: Art, Politics, and Society

Edited by Adam Muller

$49.95 CAD / $49.95 USD

424 pages, 4 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-167-0 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-317-9 (Institutional PDF)

December 2005

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About the Book

From film to sport, aesthetics to globalization, this is a diverse exploration of the history and politics of culture that draws rigorous, interdisciplinary research to provide much-needed substance.

How do we define culture? To what uses should our concept of culture be put? What costs and benefits do these uses entail?

Adam Muller brings together a diverse group of emerging and established scholars to probe the nature of the concept of culture while shedding light on its many different applications and contexts of use. In particular, they examine the assumed unity of culture and with arguments being made for and against over discussions of popular culture, film, globalization, sport, aesthetics, and human values. 

This volume brings together a variety of perspectives to add much-needed substance to our understanding of the history and politics of culture. Rigorous and interdisciplinary, Concepts of Culture secures a place for analytic philosophy, humanism, and liberal political theory in the ongoing discussion of exactly what culture is and how culture works. 

About the Editor

Adam Muller is an associate professor of English at the University of Manitoba. His specializations include literary theory, analytic aesthetics, film theory and criticism, and cultural studies.

With Contributions By:  Adam Muller, Christoph Burman, Geoffrey Hartman, Jacques Barzun, Mette Hjort, Imre Szeman, David Novitz, Robert Stecker, Martin Roberts, Jim Parry, Martha Nussbaum, Rhonda Martens, and Carle Matheson 

Table of Contents


Introduction: Unity in Diversity

Adam Muller

Writing for Culture: Why a Successful Concept Should Not Be Discarded

Christoph Brumann

Culture and the Abstract Life

Geoffrey Hartmann

The Tenth Muse

Jacques Barzun

Between Conflict and Consensus: Redux

Mette Hjort

Culture and/in Globalization

Imre Szeman

Art, Culture, and Identity

David Novitz

Aesthetics and Culture

Robert Stecker

Film Culture

Martin Roberts

Sport, Universals, and Multiculturalism

Jim Parry

In Defense of Universal Values

Martha Nussbaum

Incommensurability Pragmatized

Rhonda Martens and Carl Matheson