Symbolic Transformation: The Mind in Movement Through Culture and Society - Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation (Hardback)Brady Wagoner (editor)
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This book brings together scholars from around the world to address the question of how culture and mind are related through symbols: it is through the mediation of symbols that we think, act, imagine, feel, dream and remember. Thus, to understand the structure, function and development of symbols is to understand what it means to be human.
Part I of the book constructs a theoretical foundation in semiotics for thinking about symbols, and analyzes their place in speech, images, affect and evolution. Part II explores how our experience is transformed through symbols: why we are moved by a movie or political speech, how bread and wine can taste like Christ's body and blood, and why our memories are forever changing. Part III focuses on symbols in the human life-course, particularly in connection with play, language and art. And lastly, Part IV explores how identities, such as being a sex-worker or HIV-positive, are constituted in social relationships through society's symbols.
This broad interdisciplinary synthesis on the problem of symbols is an essential resource for anyone studying culture in mind, including advanced students in psychology, semiotics, anthropology, communications and philosophy.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm
"This is a timely and important collection of work discussing various aspects of symbolic transformation. It brings together a variety of authors from different disciplines, including social, cultural and developmental psychology, semiotics and anthropology. As a result of this, readers will find a depth and diversity in the chapters that both challenges and enriches their existing ideas about symbols and their importance and functions in our lives, our development and our identities." - Juliet Foster, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK
"Contributors to this book present original and scholarly perspectives inviting readers to engage their thoughts with symbols and their manifold transformations throughout life, in daily experience and identities. Fascinating and provocative in discussing complex topics, this volume offers a wide-ranging and integrative set of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the dynamics of mind and culture through symbols and their vicissitudes." - Ivana Markova, University of Stirling, UK
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