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ERIC Number: ED351736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 33
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Contributions of Habermas and Bakhtin to the Assimilation of Modernity and Postmodernity within Cultural Studies.
Min, Eung-Jun
While not attempting to unify the various theories in cultural studies, this paper proposes pointers or directions to further transformations of cultural studies. The paper identifies and analyzes the works of two theorists, who have largely been ignored in cultural studies, to suggest a resolution of the theoretical conflicts surrounding cultural studies by tracing inner connections. As a substitution for structuralism, the paper suggests the work of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose theory of communication is valuable to cultural studies because it emphasizes social conditions affecting the legitimacy of various cultural forms. The paper also suggests that Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism and of language oppose the individualist assumptions and romantic interpretations of cultural forms, providing specific ways in which those producers orchestrate diverse social voices. The paper notes that Bakhtin's notion of carnival also helps to maintain a balance between the importance of the counter-hegemonic subversion of established power and the obvious fact of pleasure, desire, and ambiguity--restoring the notion of collective pleasure to its rightful place within cultural studies. Finally, based in the description, critique, and new possible interconnections with the broader discourse of Habermas and Bakhtin, the paper points to the development of an alternative direction for its primary problematic. Four figures representing various aspects of Habermas' or Bakhtin's work are included; 369 references are attached. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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