Subject, Society and Culture

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Pub. Date: 2001-03-08
Publisher(s): Sage Publications Ltd
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'This is a highly original, indeed an extraordinary book, standing out among the conventional philosophical treatments of subjectivity and reaching beyond the conventional area of investigation. Boyne's feat is to find overlooked and unexplored angles which recast one of the perennial and ostensibly thoroughly familiar philosophical issues in a novel and fascinating light' - Zygmunt BaumanThis book explores the relationships between visual culture, social theory and the individual. Visual culture has emerged as a central area of debate and research in contemporary sociology, yet the field is still underdefined. In particular, the relationship between visual culture and the individual remains obscure. Sociologists have insisted that all aspects of the individual are open to sociological explanation. The result is that the individual sometimes seems to have been theorized away from sociological understanding.Using a wide range of resources from Bourdieu's action theory and the contribution of actor network theory, through to the artistic explorations of Francis Bacon and Barnett Newman, this book shows how the concept of the individual is being reconstructed.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements viii
Preface: the Fate of the Subject ix
Part I The Denial of the Subject in Sociology 1(40)
Bourdieu and the Sociological Tradition
Actor Network Theory: the Place of the Subject within Constructionist Sociology
Part II Keeping to the Subject: Subjectivity in Modern Art 41(82)
Barnett Newman: Existentialism and the Transcendent Subject
Georg Baselitz: Fragmented Subjectivity
Carnality and Power: the Human Subject in the Work of Francis Bacon
Part III Locating the Subject 123(43)
Kieslowski's Subjects
Only in the Present: Subjectivity and Time
In Conclusion 166(3)
References 169(7)
Index 176

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