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Marxism And Theories Of Culture

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Culture designates, on the one hand, some all-pervasive aspect of social practices and their results: in its contemporary understanding the meaning-bearing and -transmitting dimension, the signifying system/s of any society (the wide anthropological meaning of culture). The anthropological notion of culture, it cannot be articulated by the conceptual means of a "historical materialism". This certainly does not mean that Marxism has nothing to say about the various aspects and elements of the so-designated domain of phenomena, only that from the viewpoint of its own internal logic they do not constitute a unity which could be approached and made intelligible in a uniform way. The narrow, value-marked concept of culture, on the other hand, constituted for Marxism, from its very inception, an important domain of theoretical interests. The chapter also points out what seems to constitute the principal difficulty involved in any notion of "cultural production".

Keywords: cultural production; Marxism; theories of culture



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