Capitalizing on Culture: Critical Theory for Cultural Studies (Cultural Spaces)

Capitalizing on Culture: Critical Theory for Cultural Studies (Cultural Spaces)

Shane Gunster

Building at the paintings of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Capitalizing on Culture offers an cutting edge, obtainable, and well timed exploration of severe thought in a cultural panorama ruled via capital. regardless of the expanding occurrence of commodification as a dominant consider the construction, advertising, and intake of such a lot varieties of mass tradition, many within the cultural reviews box have didn't interact systematically both with tradition as commodity or with severe concept. Shane Gunster corrects that oversight, supplying attentive readings of Adorno and Benjamin's paintings with the intention to generate a fancy, non-reductive thought of human adventure that attends to the possibilities and risks coming up from the confluence of tradition and economics.

Gunster juxtaposes Benjamin's suggestions on reminiscence, event, and capitalism with Adorno's critique of mass tradition and sleek aesthetics to light up the main place that the commodity shape performs in every one thinker's paintings and to invigorate the dialectical complexity their writings collect while thought of jointly. This mixing of views is consequently used to floor a theoretical interrogation of the comparative failure of cultural stories to have interaction substantively with the impact of commodification upon cultural practices. hence, Capitalizing on Culture deals a clean exam of severe idea that would be necessary to students learning the intersection of tradition and capitalism.

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