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"We think in words. A careful discussion of the words we use helps us to think more clearly about modern western society. All academic libraries catering for the humanities or social sciences should consider requiring a reference copy, as should those public libraries which still feel their mission is to assist their readers in thinking clearly, rather than just to provide them with entertainment." Martin Guha, King's College London

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Raymond Williams' Keywords: A Vocabulary Of Culture And Society is justly renowned for its role in providing a whole generation of students and intellectuals with trusty and cogent distillations of the language of cultural studies. First published in 1976, the text played a pivotal role in both academic and public understandings of culture and society and the relations between them. New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary Of Culture And Society updates Williams' classic text by reflecting the transformation in culture and society over the last quarter century. This major new publication includes many of Williams' original entries, but with new discussions of their history and use over the last 25 years. In total, the volume showcases 148 signed entries - from art, commodity, and fundamentalism to utopia, the virtual, and the West - that capture the practices, institutions, and debates of contemporary society. The editors have assembled an international team of scholars to write from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields - cultural and media studies, feminism, postcolonial and subaltern studies, the history of science, sociology, and gay and lesbian studies. The result is a state-of-the art reference for students, teachers and public intellectuals everywhere.
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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631225692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631225690
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on March 9, 2012
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This volume is an update of Raymond Williams' Keywords : A Vocabulary of Culture and Society published in 1985. The original volume was designed to provide "one-stop shopping" for definitions of social science terms used to discuss "culture and society." The authors have followed three strategies in their update: expanding definitions of the keywords to include conceptual analysis since 1985; adding new keywords which have become important during this time; and removing key words that have declined in importance. The result is a list of 142 keywords, each with an extended discussion of its history and meaning.

The book's value as a reference is a fair matter for debate. In some ways it may be superseded by the type and quantity of information on the web. But there are also advantages to a standard source, at least as a reference point. One additional advantage is its usefulness in building word lists or "content dictionaries" for automated analysis of text collections (see The Text Mining Handbook). The extensive cross-referencing of relationships between keywords and the common vocabulary used in their definitions have a consistency that reduces the amount of work needed to create content dictionary categories with crisp boundaries.

I recommend the book for researchers conducting content and text analysis of social and cultural themes.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mary sanders on September 13, 2005
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The editors, Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris are well known academics and scholars in cultural studies. The New Keywords is a comprehensive resource for everyone furthering their studies in cultural and literary theory. In addition, students involved in anthropology, sociology and philosophy may find it very useful.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mohamed Taher on May 18, 2005
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View the Contents of this book to see how it fits as a re-newed model:
Acknowledgements Abbreviations
Introduction

Aesthetics, Alternative, Art, Audience
Behaviour, Biology, Body, Bureaucracy,
Canon, Capitalism, Celebrity, Citizenship, City, Civilization, Class, Colonialism, Commodity, Communication, Community, Conservatism, Consumption, Copy, Country, Culture
Deconstruction, Democracy, Desire, Development, Diaspora, Difference, Disability, Discipline, Discourse,
Economy, Education, Elite, Emotion, Empirical, Environment / ecology, Equality, Ethnicity, Everyday, Evolution, Experience
Family, Fashion, Feminism, Fetish, Freedom, Fundamentalism,
Gay and Lesbian, Gender, Generation, Gene/genetic, Globalization, Government
Heritage, History, Holocaust, Home, Human, Human Rights
Ideology, Identity, Image, Indigenous, Individual, Industry, Information, Intellectual
Justice, Knowledge, Liberalism
Management, Marginal, Market, Mass, Materialism, Media, Memory
Mobility, Modern, Movements, Multiculturalism
Narrative, Nation, Nature, Network, Normal
Objectivity, Orientalism, Other
Participation, Person, Place, Policy, Political correctness Popular, Pornography, Postcolonialism, Postmodernism, Poverty
Power, Pragmatism, Private, Public, Queer,
Race, Radical, Reason, Reform/revolution, Relativism Representation, Resistance, Risk,
Science, Self, Sexuality, Sign, Socialism, Society, Sovereignty,
Space, Spectacle, State,
Taste, Technology, Text, Theory, Therapy, Time, Tolerance, Tourism, Unconscious, Utopia, Value, Virtual, Welfare, West, the
Work, Writing, Youth,

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