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Megawords
200 Terms You Really Need to Know


© 2002 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Richard Osborne has done something very special here. He takes us on an exciting journey into the knowledge required to exist, survive, thrive, in the new millennium, in an interconnected global space that includes cyberpunk and cyborg, chaos theory and conspiracy theories, the postcolonial and the diaspora, hybridity and whiteness, the postmodern and the post-feminist, the digital and the Net, as much as older yet still influential terms like Enlightenment, empiricism, positivism, aesthetics, agency, nationhood and citizenship. Osborne writes with wit, wisdom, and insight, always wary of any approach becoming an orthodoxy. He shows how particular concepts arise at particular times with particular authors and intellectual personalities. The entries proceed by illuminating examples, engaging anecdotes, subtle cross-referencing, wide historical contexts." - John Docker, author of Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History

Written by the author of the international bestseller Philosophy for Beginners, Megawords provides definitions for the key terms every student in the humanities and social sciences needs to know.

 

 
Aberrant Decoding
 
Abject/Abjection
 
Activism
 
Aesthetics
 
Agency
 
Agenda Setting
 
Alienation
 
Alterity
 
Androcentric
 
Anima/Animus
 
Anomie
 
Aporia
 
Appropriation
 
Arbitrary
 
Archaeology
 
Archetype
 
Articulation
 
Audience
 
Aura
 
Authenticity/Authentic
 
Author/Authorship
 
Authority
 
Base/Superstructure
 
Behaviourism
 
Bias
 
Binary Oppositions
 
Bisexuality
 
Black/Black Politics
 
Body
 
Bourgeois
 
Brand
 
Bricoleur/Bricolage
 
Bureaucracy
 
Camp
 
Canon
 
Capitalism
 
Carnival
 
Castration Complex
 
Celebrity/Celebrity Culture
 
Chaos Theory
 
Chora
 
Citizenship
 
City
 
Civil Society
 
Civilisation
 
Class
 
Code
 
Collective Unconscious
 
Colonial Subject
 
Colonialism
 
Communication
 
Conflict Theory
 
Connotation/Denotation
 
Conspiracy Theory
 
Consumption
 
Copernican Revolution
 
Counterculture
 
Critical Theory
 
Cult
 
Cultural Capital
 
Cultural Populism
 
Cultural Reproduction
 
Cultural Studies
 
Culturalism
 
Culture
 
Cyberpunk
 
Cyberspace
 
Cyborg
 
Deconstruction
 
Desire
 
Determinism
 
Diaspora
 
Difference
 
Discourse
 
Division of Labour
 
Dominant/Residual/Emergent
 
Doxa
 
Ecology
 
Economic Rationalism
 
Ecriture Feminine
 
Empiricism
 
Encoding/Decoding
 
End of Philosophy
 
Enlightenment
 
Enconce/Enonciation
 
Episteme
 
Epistemology
 
Essentialism
 
Ethics
 
Ethnicity
 
Ethnography
 
Existentialism
 
Fake TV
 
Feedback
 
Feminism
 
Flâneur
 
Flow
 
Fordism
 
Formalism
 
Frankfurt School
 
Functionalism/Structural Functionalism
 
Gaze
 
Geek
 
Gender
 
Genealogy
 
Genotext/Phenotext
 
Globalisation
 
Governmentality
 
Grand Narrative
 
Habitus
 
Hegemony
 
Hermeneutics
 
Hot and Cold Media
 
Humanism
 
Hybridity
 
Hyperreality
 
Icon/Iconic
 
Identity
 
Identity Politics
 
Ideology
 
Image
 
Imperialism
 
Indigeneity
 
Information Age/Information Revolution
 
Intellectuals
 
Interdisciplinarity
 
Interpellation
 
Inter-Textuality
 
Interpretive Communities
 
Irony
 
Jouissance
 
Knowledge
 
Liberli/ism
 
Logocentrism
 
Marginality/Marginalisation
 
Mass Media
 
Materialism
 
Mediascape
 
Message
 
Metanarrative
 
Metaphor/Metonymy
 
Methodology
 
Modernism
 
Moral panic
 
Multiculturalism
 
Myth
 
Nationhood
 
Nature
 
Neo-Liberalism
 
Network Society
 
New Age
 
New Historicism
 
New Man
 
New Times
 
News Values
 
Nomadic Theory
 
Norm
 
Ontology
 
Orientalism
 
Other
 
Paradigm
 
Parapraxis
 
Pastiche
 
Patriarchy
 
Phallocentrism
 
Phenomenology
 
Pleasure
 
Pluralism
 
Political Correctnesss
 
Political Economy of the Media
 
Polysemic
 
Popular Culture
 
Positivism
 
Post-Colonialism
 
Post-Feminism
 
Postmodernism/Postmodernity
 
Poststructuralism
 
Power
 
Psychoanalysis
 
Public/Public Sphere
 
Queer/Queer Theory
 
Race
 
Radical/ism
 
Reader-Response Theory
 
Realism
 
Received Ideas
 
Reductionism
 
Relativism
 
Reflexivity
 
Representation
 
Risk/Risk Society
 
Self
 
Semiotics/Semiology
 
Sign/Signifier
 
Socialism
 
Society
 
Sociobiology
 
Space
 
State
 
Structuralism
 
Subaltern
 
Subcultures
 
Subject/Subjectivity
 
Sustainability
 
Symbol
 
Technological Determinism
 
Terrorism
 
Thatcherism
 
Travelling Theory
 
Unconscious
 
Utilitarianism
 
Utopia/Utopian
 
Virtual Reality
 
Whiteness
 
Writerly/Readerly

`Osborne writes with wit, wisdom, and insight, always wary of any approach becoming an orthodoxy.... The entries proceed by illuminating examples, engaging anecdotes, subtle cross-referencing, wide historical contexts' - John Docker, author of Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History

Do you know your animus from your anomie? Puzzled by all that jargon at university? Now there's no need to be...

In 1976 Raymond Williams published his classic book Keywords - which analyzed the genesis of key cultural concepts that were in use at that time. Richard Osborne presents Megawords a 21st century Keywords. The book is not simply a glossary, rather it is a map of the links between ideas and concepts in the humanities and without which no self-respecting student should set sail.

· provides definitions for the key terms every student in the humanities and social sciences needs to know

· is written in an accessible and lucid style

· has huge potential for students across the humanities and `soft' social science subjects

Written by the author of the international bestseller Philosophy for Beginners, Megawords provides definitions for the key terms every student in the humanities and social sciences needs to know.


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