American cultural theory

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Abstract

'Cultural theory', as contributions to this volume will attest to, is a difficult concept to pare down. What it means is dependent not only on location (that is, geographically where it emerges) but also on intellectual milieu. But in spite of this, 'cultural theory', as it is mainly used in academic and public discourse, has implicit locational and intellectual attachments to Europe. This is evident even in an essay by a prominent and well-respected American studies scholar entitled 'Listening to learn and learning to listen: popular culture, cultural theory and American studies', whose section titles (e.g. 'Contemporary European cultural theory: its aims and intentions') reveal the true meaning behind his usage of the term 'cultural theory'. This, however, is not to say that cultural theory in the United States does not exist. It does and thrives here. I raise this point because, as this chapter will attempt to show, the formation and development of cultural theory in America is a story of migration, much like the self professed story of the nation itself, mostly from Europe. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved) (Source: chapter)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory
EditorsAnthony Elliott
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherRoutledge-Cavendish
Chapter14
Pages247-264
Number of pages18
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9781351369695
ISBN (Print)9781138555822
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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NameRoutledge International Handbooks

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  • Structuralism and post-structuralism

    Han, S., 2021, Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory. Elliott, A. (ed.). 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis, p. 40-56 17 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

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  • American Cultural Theory

    Han, S., 2013, Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory. Elliott, A. (ed.). United Kingdom: Routledge, p. 239-256

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