Jan 25 2011
When Raymond Williams attempted to describe the particular way in which cultural practices and the meanings attached to them work, he sometimes spoke about the “structures of feeling” that pervade (and structure!) the daily experience of our own cultural environment as well as our participation in it.
There three things you are asked to do before you start reading the essay by Stuart Hall (in the reader – you may also download it from the documents page):
- think about and formulate your own definition of culture – what does culture mean for you, what do you most associate with the term ‘culture’?
- then think about terms like “Leitkultur” and “Parallelkulturen” – what do these terms express and what are they used for?
- if you would have to explain to someone what is characteristic for your own culture (be it your national or regional culture) what would you pick out and why?
You may enter your thoughts in the comment box below and discuss with other voices from the seminar – we will pick up some of the thoughts and observation in our class discussion of the Hall text and use both as a background for the discussion of some photographs, so be prepared.
Looking forward to your contributions!