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The Production of Culture Perspective in Historical Research. Integrating the Production, Meaning and Reception of Symbolic Objects

  • Historians have analyzed films, novels, records, theater plays etc. primarily in reference to their meaning and reception. This article makes a case for moving the focus to the actors, structures and processes that shape symbolic objects before these are consumed. To this end, we present a framework established in US sociology to study the fabrication, distribution and evaluation of symbolic content. We discuss the production of culture perspective as an approach that appears to be particularly useful for historical research and, by reviewing selected works from the sociological literature, demonstrate how this perspective can be applied to phenomena like popular music and literary fiction. We focus on genres as bundles of conventions as one lens through which historians may analyze the creation, reproduction, evaluation and consumption of culture.

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Author:Klaus Nathaus, C. Clayton Childress
Parent Title (English):Zeithistorische Forschungen – Studies in Contemporary History
Publisher:ZZF – Centre for Contemporary History: Zeithistorische Forschungen
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Journal Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/04/19
Date of first Publication:2013/04/19
Release Date:2019/08/19
Volume Number:10
First Page:89
Last Page:100
ZZF Topic-Classification:Alltag
Materielle Kultur
ZZF Regional-Classification:ohne regionalen Schwerpunkt
ZZF Chronological-Classification:1945-
Portal:Zeithistorische Forschungen
Zeithistorische Forschungen: Originalbeiträge:1 / 2013 Offenes Heft
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz