The Contradictions of Culture: Cities, Culture, Women

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SAGE, Mar 8, 2001 - Social Science - 167 pages
In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt
 

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Contents

Part One
14
Censorship
38
Fashion
50
Part Two
64
A Review of Literature
103
Living Dolls
113
Dogs in Space
129
The Romance of Indeterminate Spaces
145
References
155
Index
163
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Elizabeth Wilson is a leading commentator on culture, the city and feminism in the UK. She is currently Professor of Social Science at the University of North London.

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