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Cultural studies

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Urban and Visual Culture in Contemporary Iran

Urban and Visual Culture in Contemporary Iran

Author: Pedram (Amsterdam University College, Netherlands) Dibazar Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Urban and Visual Culture in Contemporary Iran argues that everyday life in Iran is a rich domain of social existence and cultural production. Regular patterns of everyday practice in Iran are imbued with multiple forms of expressivity that are unmarked and inconspicuous, but have remarkable critical value for a cultural study of contemporary society. Blended into the rhythms of everyday life, they create non-conformities to be lived in public in subtle ways and suggest non-confrontational modes of resistance to the established societal norms and structures. This book focuses on such creative forces of everyday life in Iran as they are lived in space, visualised in cultural forms, and communicated through media. In its analysis of familiar everyday experiences, the book covers a wide range of ordinary practices - such as walking, driving, shopping, and doing or watching sports - and spatial conditions - such as streets, cars, rooftops, leftover spaces, shopping centres and stadiums. It also covers a variety of cultural formations: films, photography, architecture, literature, visual arts, television programmes, YouTube videos, and other online platforms. The book offers new ways of thinking about visual and urban cultures by highlighting a politics of everyday life that is conditioned on concerns over visibility and presence.

Stag and Stone

Stag and Stone

Author: Jay (University of Sydney, Australia) Johnston Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2021

Stag and Stone: Religion, Archaeology and Esoteric Aesthetics is a timely and innovative evaluation of the interdisciplinary dialogue between religious studies and archaeology. Investigating the core concepts of materiality, perception, ritual and agency the volume redefines conceptual categories and argues for the need of 'critical bewilderment' as a unique scholarly practice. The pioneering intersubjective methodology brings together recent developments in religious aesthetics, theoretical archaeology and cultural studies. Taking as its focus 'troublesome' objects and places - those deemed ambiguous in purpose and meaning - the individual case studies contribute new knowledge to a range of areas including the archaeology of shamanism, contemporary art and early medieval Norse and Insular material culture.

Pornography

Pornography

Author: Laura Johnsen, Joshua Reno Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Pornography: Anthropological Perspectives on the Manufacture of Intimacy shows how pornography functions as a cultural object. This brief text discusses the history, distribution, boundaries, debates, style, and gender theory of pornography. By looking at pornography as an object, Pornography provides a window into society's views on media, social movements, gender, morality, religion, and sexuality.

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Culture and Society

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Culture and Society

Author: Veena (John Hopkins University, USA) Das Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Culture and Society presents key issues on culture and society in the South Asian context. Written by experts in their respective areas, the Handbook introduces the reader to the field. Emphasizing the significant changes that have been taking place in South Asian societies in light of globalization and the critical responses this has generated, the chapters capture the new kinds of themes across the domains of religion, politics, economics, and kinship. Taking into account economic and political changes in the different South Asian societies, the contributors provide invaluable insight into the cultural life of the region. Thereby, a 'history of the moment' of South Asian culture and society is presented. The Handbook is structured along the following sections: institutional and cultural framework modernity: its promises and its threats gender geography, environment, population and urban studies religion literature, theatre, music and the arts popular culture. This comprehensive reference work will be an invaluable source of information to students and academics interested in cultural studies, anthropology and sociology and South Asian studies.

Cultural Trends

Cultural Trends

Author: Various Authors Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging

Author: Craig (New York University, USA) Calhoun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Reviewing recent cosmopolitan thinking and theorizing from the somewhat chastened perspective of the twenty-first century, Cosmopolitanism and Belonging questions the social bases of cosmopolitanism and the continuing importance of nationalism. With a special focus on European integration which loomed large in the cosmopolitan visions of a few years ago, Craig Calhoun addresses the ways in which cosmopolitan theories may be biased from the standpoint of European and American elites and indeed the heritage of liberal thought. This intellectually stimulating and timely book, written by one of the top social scientists today, deals with a topical area of study as cosmopolitanism has rapidly become one of the burning issues in the social sciences today. Cosmopolitanism and Belonging has a distinct focus on identity and belonging, analyzing a multidisciplinary area, so is an ideal purchase for students, academics and social scientists researching in the disciplines of sociology, politics and cultural studies.

Cultural Trends

Cultural Trends

Author: Various Authors Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Cultural Policies and Identity Formation in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Cultural Policies and Identity Formation in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Author: Heeung Wah Wong, Hoi Yan Yau, Karin Ling-fung Chau Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Although Taiwan and Hong Kong are both Chinese societies previously subjected to colonial rule, the identity formation of the two peoples differs significantly, with Taiwan's modern consciousness underpinned by nationalism and Chinese-ness whereas Hong Kong's identity is characterised by the in-between-ness between Eastern/traditional/conservative and Western/modern/liberal outlooks and lifestyles. This book examines how these different identities came about. It considers the impact of Japanese and British colonial rule, explores the cultural policies implemented both in colonial times and after, and discusses fully the nature of present day identity and consciousness in the two places, including an assessment of how far governments' cultural policies are embraced and embedded.

Cultural Trends

Cultural Trends

Author: Various Authors Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging

Author: Craig (New York University, USA) Calhoun Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Reviewing recent cosmopolitan thinking and theorizing from the somewhat chastened perspective of the twenty-first century, Cosmopolitanism and Belonging questions the social bases of cosmopolitanism and the continuing importance of nationalism. With a special focus on European integration which loomed large in the cosmopolitan visions of a few years ago, Craig Calhoun addresses the ways in which cosmopolitan theories may be biased from the standpoint of European and American elites and indeed the heritage of liberal thought. This intellectually stimulating and timely book, written by one of the top social scientists today, deals with a topical area of study as cosmopolitanism has rapidly become one of the burning issues in the social sciences today. Cosmopolitanism and Belonging has a distinct focus on identity and belonging, analyzing a multidisciplinary area, so is an ideal purchase for students, academics and social scientists researching in the disciplines of sociology, politics and cultural studies.

Social Drinking, Community Cohesion and Third Places

Social Drinking, Community Cohesion and Third Places

Author: Ignazio (Northumbria University, UK) Cabras Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Based on a research project of many years standing, Ignazio Cabras explores, examines and elaborates on the relationship between social drinking and third places, presenting substantial evidence with regard to the impact their combination may have on the levels of community cohesion and wellbeing within local communities. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the emphasis is on the role of the public house (or, more commonly, pub) in regional and rural development.

Unlocking the Love-Lock

Unlocking the Love-Lock

Author: Ceri Houlbrook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

A padlock is a mundane object, designed to fulfil a specific - and secular - purpose. A contemporary custom has given padlocks new significance. This custom is 'love-locking', where padlocks are engraved with names and attached to bridges in declaration of romantic commitment. This custom became popular in the 2000s, and its dissemination was rapid, geographically unbound, and highly divisive, with love-locks emerging in locations as diverse as Paris and Taiwan; New York and Seoul; Melbourne and Moscow. This book explores the worldwide popularity of the love-lock as a ritual token of love and commitment by considering its history, symbolism, and heritage.