Adorno on Popular Culture (International Library of by Robert W. Witkin

By Robert W. Witkin

Within the many years for the reason that his loss of life, Adorno’s pondering has misplaced none of its capability to unsettle the settled, and has proved highly influential in social and cultural concept. To most folk, the leisure supplied by means of tv, radio, movie, newspapers, astrology charts and CD avid gamers turns out innocuous sufficient. For Adorno, in spite of the fact that, the tradition that produces them is eventually poisonous in its impact at the social technique. He argues that smooth mass leisure is synthetic lower than stipulations that replicate the pursuits of manufacturers and the industry, either one of which call for the domination and manipulation of mass consciousness.

Here Robert W. Witkin unpacks Adorno’s notoriously tricky critique of pop culture in a fascinating and obtainable sort. taking a look first at its grounding in a much wider thought of the totalitarian trends of past due capitalist society, he then is going directly to learn, in a few aspect, Adorno’s writing on particular facets of pop culture comparable to astrology, radio, movie, tv, well known track and jazz. He concludes together with his personal severe reflections on Adorno’s cultural theory.

This e-book may be crucial analyzing for college kids of the sociology of tradition, of cultural reviews, and of severe idea extra usually.

Show description

Read or Download Adorno on Popular Culture (International Library of Sociology) PDF

Similar social theory books

Exploring Marx's Capital: Philosophical, Economic and Political Dimensions (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 14)

David Fernbach (tr. ), Alex Callinicos (Foreword)

This quantity, initially released in French less than the name Que faire du Capital? , bargains a brand new interpretation of Marx’s nice paintings. It exhibits how the newness and lasting curiosity of Marx’s thought arises from the truth that, as opposed to the undertaking of a ‘pure’ economics, it's formulated in thoughts that experience at the same time an fiscal and a political element, neither of those being separable from the opposite. Jacques Bidet conducts an remarkable research of Marx’s paintings within the spirit of the historical past of technological know-how, exploring it as a technique of theoretical improvement. conventional exegesis reads the successive drafts of Capital as though they have been complementary and jointly illuminated each other. in fact, like all scientist, Marx in basic terms wrote a brand new model to be able to right the former one. He began from principles borrowed from Ricardo and Hegel, and among one draft and the subsequent it's attainable to work out those being eradicated and restructured. This labour, furthermore, used to be by no means absolutely accomplished. the writer therefore re-assesses Marx’s whole approach in its set of constitutive different types: price, marketplace, labour-power, sessions, operating type, exploitation, creation, fetishism, ideology. He seeks to pin down the problems that those encountered, and the analytical and demanding worth they nonetheless have this day. Bidet attaches the best significance to Marx’s order of exposition, which assigns every one inspiration its position within the total method, and makes the validity of the development depend upon the pertinence of its preliminary presuppositions. this is often really the case with the connection among industry mechanism and capitalism – and therefore additionally among the marketplace and socialism.

The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences (Revised Edition)

Online game conception is relevant to figuring out human habit and appropriate to the entire behavioral sciences—from biology and economics, to anthropology and political technology. even if, because the Bounds of cause demonstrates, online game concept on my own can't totally clarify human habit and will in its place supplement different key innovations championed by means of the behavioral disciplines.

Regionalism and the humanities

Even if the framework of regionalist experiences could appear to be crumbling less than the load of accelerating globalization, this choice of seventeen essays makes transparent that cultivating regionalism lies on the middle of the humanist recreation. With interdisciplinary contributions from poets and fiction writers, literary historians, musicologists, and historians of structure, agriculture, and ladies, this quantity implements probably the most cutting edge and exciting ways to the background and cost of regionalism as a class for research within the humanities.

Postcolonial Sociology

Postcolonial thought has loved huge effect within the humanities yet for social technological know-how, and particularly sociology, its implications stay elusive. This unique quantity brings jointly top sociologists to discover the concept that of 'postcolonial sociology,' with fresh postcolonial readings of canonical thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and Robert Park.

Additional info for Adorno on Popular Culture (International Library of Sociology)

Example text

The book is subtitled 'Fragments from a damaged life', and it is tempting to misread the book as a documentary account of Adorno's disjunction from his new place of residence. For example, he describes the American landscape' as 'uncomforted and comfortless' (MM 28); remarks that 'to the uninformed European, Americans in their entirety can so easily appear as people without dignity' (MM 195); moreover, it is easy to identify what Adorno and Horkheimer called 'the culture industry' in their Dialectic of Enlightenment with Hollywood; and the wrong life in which it is impossible to live rightly with the life of America (MM 39).

Democracy. What is expressed as a 27 ADORNO: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED contrast in Minima Moralia is more fully spelt out in the later essay: what was imposed on Germany rather late as 'nothing more than the formal rules of the game' is there deep-rooted, 'substantial'. The political form of democracy is infinitely closer to the people. American everyday life, despite the oft lamented hustle and bustle, has an inherent element of peaceableness, good-naturedness, and generosity, in sharpest contrast to the pent-up malice and envy which exploded in Germany between 1933 and 1945.

31 Yet the commercial availability of Adorno's work contrasts starkly with its accessibility. Writing on moral philosophy, epistemology, sociology, aesthetics, literature and, above all, music, Adorno's works are not only formidable in length, breadth and erudition but deeply idiosyncratic in approach. The aim of this Guide for the Perplexed'^ to help make Adorno's work more readable. In this chapter I hope to have set out something of the broad framework within which his writings on art and culture, on freedom and society, and on philosophy and history can be read, while the following chapters turn to each of these areas in more detail.

Download PDF sample

Adorno on Popular Culture (International Library of by Robert W. Witkin
Rated 4.54 of 5 – based on 31 votes