Approaches to the sociology of culture have largely been constituted around the long tradition of functionalism in sociology. This has hampered the field greatly. Among other shortcomings, this intellectual foundation has led to a limited understanding of ideology and civil society, a conservative political orientation and an overdeterministic view of social action and the actor. In this paper, I explore and then apply a new approach to the sociology of culture, one that attempts to conceptualize more robustly the dynamics of ideology, ideological conflict and civil society. As part of this project, I endeavor to map out a critical cultural perspective that establishes a multidimensional understanding of the contingency of social action.
Magnuson, E. (1997), "IDEOLOGICAL CONFLICT IN AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE: THE DISCOURSE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND AMERICAN NATIONAL NARRATIVES IN AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOKS", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 17 No. 6, pp. 84-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013313Download as .RIS
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