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  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199532915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199532919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Ian Buchanan is Chair of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University.

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Ian Buchanan was born in the small country town of Mt Barker in the South West of Western Australia, but grew up in Perth. He completed his BA and PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University. He has since then worked at universities in Perth, Hobart, Melbourne and Cardiff. His present position is Director of the Institute for Social Transformation Research at the University of Wollongong (Australia). He founded the journal Deleuze Studies and convened the first Deleuze Camp in 2007.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hale on June 30, 2010
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This dictionary crosses disciplines and helps the reader to make important connections.
Its style is lucid and clear - precise without being simplistic & includes good references for further detailed research.
An excellent reference for everyone - from the critical theory newbie through to the seasoned veteran.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hanan Al-Alawi on May 5, 2012
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Oxford's A Dictionary of Critical Theory by Ian Buchanan explains key theoretical terms in a concise yet informative manner. It also renders an intelligent contextual overview of influential figures that changed the course of history. The dictionary is accessible to a myriad range of non-specialized readers as well as versed academics. Its direct and unpretentious language offers lucid explanations without over-simplifying complex theoretical concepts. The accuracy of dates and information provided within its entries makes the dictionary a reliable source.

The comprehensiveness of the dictionary lies in its interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity. Its interdisciplinary aspect delineates theoretical terms that destabilize rigid lines between many academic disciplines such as literature, psychology, political science, economics, philosophy etc. It merges cross-cultural knowledge into a new comprehensible whole. The dictionary's multidisciplinary aspect draws from multiple disciplines (without blurring their boundaries) to redefine specific terms beyond normative thinking.

The dictionary engages non-specialized readers by highlighting terms that are directly relevant to their subjective daily experiences. The term "McDonaldization," for example, helps them view the fast-food chain from a different perspective. Viewing a mundane act, which is buying food from McDonald's, from a sociological standpoint attracts non-specialized readers.

The dictionary guides its readers to the original references that the terms are derived from. It also mentions coined terms in their source language next to the English- translated entries. Polylingual speakers will enjoy reading the original terms within parenthesis.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Iris Kam on June 9, 2010
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This is a very useful tool book for those who are interested in theory but yet are confused by the complexity of the ever-controverisal concepts. This book will definitely help you to resolve the puzzle you might have to the field and give you a brief but clear idea of the source of reference of key concepts. I will strongly recommend this book to my theory class students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Saman Rad on July 9, 2012
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I am doing my Ph.D. in English literature. This book has been of great help to me. Of course, it is not the first dictionary of critical theory I have had; however, I find its comprehensible language, its full coverage, and more importantly, its recommended further sources on the entries quite incomparable. It is also updated enough.
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