This volume brings together a wide range of essays on culture and related themes by the sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel. The collection includes a large number of previously untranslated essays together with others that are not readily available, thereby enabling the reader to engage with the full range of Simmel's contributions to the study of culture. The collection opens with Simmel's most basic essays on defining culture, its changes and its crisis. These are followed by more specific explorations of the culture of face to face interactions, spatial and urban culture, leisure culture, the culture of money and commodities, the culture of belief and the politics of female culture. This text not only provides a missing piece in the history of cultural study, it also reveals a new way of studying culture.
Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA : Zygmunt Bauman University of Leeds Henning Bech University of Copenhagen Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of Erlangen Mary Evans University of Kent at Canterbury David Frisby University of Glasgow Mike Hepworth University of Aberdeen Eva Illouz Tel-Aviv University Maria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Michael Richardson SOAS, University of London Laura Rival University of Kent at Canterbury Andrew Travers Somerset Jeffrey Weeks South Bank University Sasha Weitman Tel-Aviv University Sam Whimster London Guildhall University Elizabeth Wilson University of North London Cas Wouters University of Utrecht
Release date NZ
November 21st, 1997
Edited by David Patrick Frisby
Edited by Mike Featherstone