Cultural Theory After the Contemporary

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byStephen Tumino

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Contemporary cultural studies have marginalized agency and frustrated the power of people to shape social life. Cultural Theory After the Contemporary is a new materialist challenge to these tendencies.  Stephen Tumino offers a new theory of agency in culture and demonstrates how humans can take command of events and make their own history. At a time when contemporary theory--from New Historicism to post-structuralism to "post-humanism”--has launched a new wave of attacks on agency and cultural studies, in spite of its formal proclamations, has become local and even nationalist, this book offers a timely and much-needed corrective. Cultural Theory After the Contemporary articulates an internationalist cultural theory that puts global agency in the forefront of contemporary cultural analysis and goes beyond the prevailing ironic critique that conceals the cynicism in recent writings on culture.

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Contemporary cultural studies have marginalized agency and frustrated the power of people to shape social life. Cultural Theory After the Contemporary is a new materialist challenge to these tendencies.  Stephen Tumino offers a new theory of agency in culture and demonstrates how humans can take command of events and make their own his...

Stephen Tumino teaches at the City University of New York (Kingsborough). His scholarly writings have appeared in such journals as Textual Practice, Rethinking Marxism, and Nature, Society, and Thought. His work has been translated into Turkish.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230108806

ISBN - 13:9780230108806

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Culture and Its Outside * What’s the Matter with Materialism(s) * Cultural Theory After the Contemporary

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"Cultural Theory After the Contemporary is among the most important works in materialist cultural theory. Tumino offers a singular and incisive Marxist analysis of daily life that lays bare the complicity of the dominant theories with the culture of capitalism. Commanding in its scope and gravity--an indispensable work."--Steven Wexler, California State University, Northridge