By Peter Brooker
A word list of Cultural Theory presents the reader with lucid and up to date assistance during the brilliant and altering debates in cultural stories and comparable disciplines. This new version has been up-to-date all through and comprises entries on very important new phrases from Convergence and Cosmopolitanism, via Ecology and way of life to Thirdspace and Translation.
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In this century a concentration upon physique (often internalized by its subjects) has all but naturalized an association of African Americans with dance and sport. Meanwhile, other ethnic groups West Indian and Indian males, for example - have been differently stereotyped by way of their bodily features. In all of these examples, the body has been stigmatized by gendered, sexualized and racialized significations (sometimes crossed with representations of the poor and working class) in order to justify normative POWER structures.
On this foundation, Marx writes: rises a legal and political superstructure... to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness. The mode of production of material life conditions the social, political and intellectual life process in general. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but on the contrary, their social being that determines consciousness. (Marx and Engels 1969: 503) Simply put, this doctrine - and MARXISM as a whole - presents a form of economic determinism, presenting a society's level of economic development as the primary explanation for its other features, including all forms of CULTURE.
Chief among these were the 'nuclei', the 'hinge points' in the narrative, and 'catalysers', consecutive units, themselves of different types, that 'fill in the narrative space between nuclei' (1977b: 93). His later study S/Z (1975) extended this structuralist method to an analysis of the five codes (named the 'hermeneutic', 'semic', 'symbolic', 'proairetic' and 'cultural') in Balsac's story Sarrasine. In itself, this had little influence and was overtaken in Barthes' own work and elsewhere by poststructuralist approaches committed to more open, plural meanings.