Cultural Theory for the Humanities

Robert Pennington, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Fo Guang University, Jiaoxi, Taiwan

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: SOC002000

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This theory of culture, a synthesis of thinking from Europe, the Americas and Asia, illustrates the function and meaning of culture rather than form. It fuses of philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history, science, psychology, literature, literary criticism and linguistics—all areas that a comprehensive theory must comprise because they constitute culture. This theory concerns the possibilities and forms of culturally recognizable identity. Cultural identity is the specific set of symbols that groups and individual attach to themselves. The Author of this book examines this Cultural Theory for the humanities. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. What is Culture?

Chapter 3. Alienating the Ideal

Chapter 4. Symbolic Representation

Chapter 5. Essential Identity

Chapter 6. Needs, Class and Identity

Chapter 7. Identity Management

Chapter 8. Symbolic Identity

Chapter 9. Art and Artifacts

Chapter 10. Consumer Culture Identity

Chapter 11. Paradigm, Parallax and Paradox

Chapter 12. Concluding Thoughts

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

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Audience: Faculty and graduate students in theses areas: Humanities colleges with departments of foreign languages and cultures; Arts (or letters) colleges with academic communication or communication studies departments; (Mass communication is a professional orientation and only a secondary audience.); Universities outside the USA with primarily English-language instruction, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Africa, India; Universities outside the USA with international studies conducted in English, such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, Macau.

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