By Peter Brooker
A word list of Cultural Theory presents the reader with lucid and up to date suggestions in the course of the shiny and altering debates in cultural stories and comparable disciplines. This re-creation has been up to date all through and includes entries on very important new phrases from Convergence and Cosmopolitanism, via Ecology and daily life to Thirdspace and Translation.
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Kristeva (1984b) develops the latter meaning especially, seeing the chora as the undifferentiated womb-like PLACE shared by mother and child. In connection with her theorization of the SEMIOTIC, the chora posits a non-PHALLOCENTRic place and relationship opposed to the dominant SYMBOLIC order. The DISCOURSE and mode of being of this place will be maternal, rhythmic, inchoate and pre-verbal. Derrida (1993) is interested in the deconstructive potential of the idea and the way in which it might prompt a different conception of the relation between theory and practice or form and matter in the world of architectural design.
Is any adequate recognition of the indissoluble connections between material production, political and cultural institutions and activity, and consciousness' (1977: 80; see also Eagleton 1983 on Williams). The true contemporary opponent of classical or revised models of the base and superstructure, however, is the postmodern social theory of Jean Baudrillard. This would entirely invert the Marxist model by arguing that in late twentieth-century societies, supposedly 'superstructural' activities (leisure, CONSUMERISM, the media, advertising, IMAGE production) have become all-pervasive, entirely displacing an outdated model of 'material production'.
At the same time it has been argued that, however it is supplemented, the base-and-superstructure model is more of a hindrance than a help to cultural analysis. Raymond Williams, for example, argues that the terms 'base' and 'superstructure' are inherently limited by their misleading spatial metaphor and by their effective REIFICATION and separation of what are in reality dynamic, contradictory and closely linked aspects of society. 'What is fundamentally lacking', Williams contends, '... is any adequate recognition of the indissoluble connections between material production, political and cultural institutions and activity, and consciousness' (1977: 80; see also Eagleton 1983 on Williams).
A Glossary of Cultural Theory by Peter Brooker