By Paul Jones (auth.)
This designated learn of Williams unlocks his past due sociology of tradition. It covers formerly missed elements, similar to his critique of Birmingham cultural reviews, his use of an Adorno-like method of 'cultural production', his 'social formalist' replacement to structuralism and post-structuralism and his method of 'the media'.
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30 Raymond Williams’s Sociology of Culture In any case, this ‘localism’ changes dramatically in Williams’s later comparable writings on ‘culture’. As he recomposes his assessment of the concept, his sources broaden to include (largely European) ‘non-British’ perspectives, extending to include especially the legacy of the Enlightenment. Williams’s discussion of ‘culture’ in Marxism and Literature and the little known essay, ‘On High and Popular Culture’, provides a good guide to his mature assessment of the concept.
This almost entirely anticipates the method Williams was to deploy in Modern Tragedyy (and to which he refers therein as ‘historical criticism’). In perhaps the strongest parallel with his historical semantic analysis of ‘culture’, he acknowledges the evident tension between the orthodox scholarly and popular understandings of ‘tragedy’. This mismatch does not require a mere subordination of the latter to the former nor, of course, an endorsement of the scholarly complaint that the popular applications of ‘tragedy’ – to, for example, car accidents – constitute misuses of the word.
Even within The Long Revolution’s case studies, Williams does not confine himself to structures of feeling in the past. 52 But if ‘The Analysis of Culture’ leads to a theoretically reflective reconstruction of the method deployed in only one of the chapters of Culture and Society, what method was Williams deploying in the rest of it? The key to this hidden method lies within the mode by which Williams redefines the ideal conception of culture. 5 25 Williams’s undeclared method: immanent critique Everywhere in the nineteenth century we see men running for cover from the consequences of their own beliefs.
Raymond Williams’s Sociology of Culture: A Critical Reconstruction by Paul Jones (auth.)