By Andrew Edgar, Peter Sedgwick
Now in its moment variation, Cultural concept: the most important techniques is an up to date and finished survey of over 350 of the main phrases primary to cultural thought at the present time.
This moment variation contains new entries on:
- visual studies.
Providing transparent and succinct introductions to quite a lot of topics, from feminism to postmodernism, Cultural idea: the most important Concepts is still a vital source for college students of literature, sociology, philosophy and media and someone wrestling with modern cultural theory.
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The proletariat is increasingly differentiated within itself, and through greater job security and real income, is more integrated into the capitalist system. The economic crises predicted by Marx are at worst managed and at best avoided by interventionist governments. There have been developments over the post-war period in technology (with the decline of traditional manufacturing industries and the rise of communications and knowledge-based industries) and in consumerism (with increasingly afﬂuent working and middle classes); as well as there being political shifts in the 1980s away from state intervention in the economy.
B. Watson in the 1910s. Watson reacted against introspection as a technique in psychology, ridiculing the demands that were put upon psychologists to be trained supposedly to distinguish and classify their own mental states. Inﬂuenced by the research that Pavlov had carried out on the reﬂexes of animals (demonstrating that if a dog was presented with the sound of a bell prior to food, it could be conditioned to salivate upon the sound of the bell alone). From this, Watson was able to argue that an appeal to mental states in the explanation of human action was unnecessary.
On the one hand, architectural theory and practice has inﬂuenced cultural studies as an early source of the concept of postmodernism. On the other hand, cultural studies renew the response to architectural space that is fundamental to modernist experience, either through consideration of urban existence and the city in general, or through speciﬁc spaces, such as those of the hotel lobby and the shopping mall. The concept of postmodernism has been developed in architectural theory to mark a response, in both theory and practice, to the perceived crisis and failure of the modernist architecture that had dominated twentieth-century building (represented for example by the work of the Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and, at a slight tangent, Frank Lloyd Wright).