The contradictions of culture : cities, culture, women / Elizabeth Wilson.

by Wilson, Elizabeth, 1936-Looking glass.

Series: Theory, culture & society: Publisher: London : Sage, 2001.Description: vi, 167 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0761969748; 0761969756.Subject(s): FeminismLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glass | Women -- Sociological aspectsLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 155-162. - Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 doubts about the coherence of postmodernism itself.

Bibliography: pages 155-162. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Introduction
  • Incoherent Feminism
  • The 1990s
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Diana
  • Feminist Fundamentalism
  • These New Components of the Spectacle
  • Fashion and Postmodernism
  • Part 2 The Sphinx in the City Reconsidered
  • The Invisible Fl[ci]aneur
  • Afterward
  • The Invisible Fl[ci]aneur
  • Looking Backward
  • Urban Nostalgia
  • Writing the Romance of the Suburbs
  • A Review of Literature
  • Living Dolls
  • Bricolage City
  • Myths of Brighton
  • Dogs in Space
  • Notes on the Erotic City
  • Against Utopia
  • The Romance of Indeterminate Spaces

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Elizabeth Wilson is a professor of cultural studies at the University of North London. She has published several books, including The Sphinx in the City and Hallucinations: Life in the Post-Modern City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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