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Simmel on Culture: Selected Writings

by Frisby D and Featherstone M SAGE Publications Ltd
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Simmel on Culture brings together for the first time a wide range of essys on culture and related themes by the sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel (1858-1918). Recognized as one of the leading social theorists in Europe in the early part of the twentieth-century this collection enables the reader to engage with the full range of Simmel's dazzling contributions to the study of culture.The book opens with Simmel's most basic essays on defining culture, its changes and its crisis. These are followed by more specific explorations of the culture of face to face interactions, spatial and urban culture, leisure culture, the culture of money and commodities, the culture of belief and the politics of female culture. The reader will gain an unparalleled introduction to Simmel on culture through this stimulating collection which includes a large number of previously untranslated essays together with others that are not readily available. Simmel on Culture not only provides a missing piece in the history of cultural study, it also reveals anew way of studying culture and will be essential reading for students of cultural studies and sociology.

Introduction to the Texts Defining Culture Culture and Crisis Culture of Interaction Spatial and Urban Culture Fashion, Adornment and Style Leisure Culture Money and Commodity Culture Politics of Culture Beliefs and Culture

Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA : Zygmunt Bauman University of Leeds Henning Bech University of Copenhagen Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of Erlangen Mary Evans University of Kent at Canterbury David Frisby University of Glasgow Mike Hepworth University of Aberdeen Eva Illouz Tel-Aviv University Maria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Michael Richardson SOAS, University of London Laura Rival University of Kent at Canterbury Andrew Travers Somerset Jeffrey Weeks South Bank University Sasha Weitman Tel-Aviv University Sam Whimster London Guildhall University Elizabeth Wilson University of North London Cas Wouters University of Utrecht