Culture and Society

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Culture and Society is a book published in 1958 by Welsh progressive writer Raymond Williams, exploring how the notion of culture developed in Great Britain, from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Culture and Society
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First American edition (1960)
publ. Columbia University Press
AuthorRaymond Williams
GenreCultural studies
PublisherChatto and Windus
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Media typePrint (book)

When first published, the book was regarded as having overturned conventional social and historical thinking about culture.[citation needed] It argues that the notion of culture developed in response to the Industrial Revolution and the social and political changes it brought in its wake. This is done through a series of studies of famous British writers and essayists, beginning with Edmund Burke and William Cobbett, also looking at William Blake, William Wordsworth, etc., and continuing as far as F. R. Leavis, George Orwell and Christopher Caudwell.

The book is still in print, in several editions. It has also been translated into many languages.

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