The Concepts Used to Analyze "Culture": A Critique of Twentieth-century Ways of Thinking (Hardback)Dennis Sobolev (author)
Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 01/04/2010
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This study is devoted to the stratified description and analysis of the unconscious mechanisms of culture: the mechanisms that form the human being, as an empirical subject in its actual existence. With an eye on this general theoretical goal, Sobolev discusses the problem of cultural determination with reference to literary criticism, discursive analysis, theoretical historiography, anthropology, semiotics, ideological criticism and cultural studies, as well as certain aspects of psychoanalysis, social psychology, and sociology. Despite this heterogeneity, however, the resultant stratified conception is non-eclectic; and its general philosophical meaning and implications are discussed in detail in the concluding section of the book. The levels under analysis comprise the general form of consciousness, hidden from any conscious intentionality, but demonstrable by means of cross-cultural and historical research; conceptual and epistemological spaces; specific types of thought involved in different types of practice and discourses; the unconscious part of 'mentality'; culturally determined types of character; behavioral scenarios; the invariant narratives and symbolic forms; the structures of myth narrative patterns, and metrical laws in their cultural specificity. This study also analyzes the unconscious mechanisms of social and cultural determination and correlation - both on the level of conceptual categories and on that of singular phenomena - and the generative categories of ideology. Finally, it addresses the complex mechanism of concealment and resistance, which hides the unconscious mechanisms of culture from the empirical subject. Sobolev's work makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the formation of both the cultural context in its historical specificity, and the empirical subject within this context. It can be of significant interest to literary scholars, philosophers and the historians of culture.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 340
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