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[Commlist] New Book - Raymond Williams: Cultural Analyst

Wed Aug 14 12:14:18 GMT 2019

Intellect is delighted to announce that /Raymond Williams: Cultural Analyst <>/ by Jim McGuigan is now available.

This book focuses in particular on the formation and application of Raymond Williams's cultural-materialist methodology to society and politics. Addressing aspects of Williams's work that have startlingly direct relevance to the prospects for socialism and progressive change in the twenty-first century, Jim McGuigan analyses Williams's often complicated work in a clear, accessible fashion, making connections across key concepts and delivering the perfect introduction for people first grappling with Williams's thought.

*_Table of Contents_*
*Introduction: Raymond Williams in time and place *
Chapter 1: Culture and society *
Against cultural conservatism
Debating society
Cultural analysis

*Chapter 2: Communication(s) and culture *
Communications as cultural science
Advertising magic
Alternative communication systems
Towards a common culture

*Chapter 3: The materialist conception of culture *
The question of Marxism
Modelling hegemony
Materiality of the sign
Cultural production and circulation

*Chapter 4: Drama in a screen age *
Dramatic form
Politics of television drama
Knowable community

*Chapter 5: Techno times *
Watching TV
Media determinism and its determination
Mobile privatization

*Chapter 6: The long revolution *
New Left
Three revolutions
May Day Manifesto

*Chapter 7: A short counter-revolution *
Fate of ‘the long revolution’
Plan X
Socialism and the working class
Resources of hope
Chapter 8: Public intellectual *
‘Our best man’
‘Welsh European’
Settling accounts with cultural studies
Green socialism versus ‘New Times’
Afterword: Contemporary cultural studies

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