The cultural of the political

Towards a cultural sociology of state formation

Authored by: Xu Xiaohong , Philip Philip

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159


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In the human sciences, the study of culture and the study of the state are usually separate enterprises. In the disciplinary division of labor, the state is assigned to political science and (diplomatic) history, while culture is placed in the care of anthropology and (cultural) sociology. This division of labor has been underwritten and legitimated by aligning the state/culture opposition with various other binaries—state and nation, self-interest and solidarity, institutions and culture, power and language, and so on. These oppositions are quite old and stable.

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