Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society” as Want to Read:
Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  337 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

Now revised to include new words and updated essays, Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society.

ebook, 0 pages
Published May 16th 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 1975)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,041)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Elizabeth
Jul 23, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Only Raymond Williams could write what amounts to an enjoyable dictionary. Though the book isn't necessarily meant to be read cover to cover, my "project" of reading one letter a day over the past month has been an enlightening, engaging, and sometimes surprising one. More generally, Williams' impulse in writing this has to be praised. Originally an appendix to Culture and Society, what became Keywords was then so massive he decided to publish it separately. As always, in disentangling the meani ...more
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch



A personal, Anglocentric, left and lit-crit focused dictionary of 110 terms, ranging from ‘Aesthetic’ to ‘Work,’ each given one to eight pages of etymological, political and cultural history reaching occasionally beyond the 16th century but with emphasis on current (as of 1976), 18th, 19th and mid 20th century usage.

Each small essay works quickly through the turns (according to Williams) of history with its own idiosyncratic shorthand and in a manner that though regularly illuminating often, pe
...more
رائد الجشي


مالدي هو ترجمة نعيمان عثمان
دار المركز الثقافي العربي

وهويحمل اشارات لللعديد من الكلمات الانجليزية ونا صاحبها من تغير دلالي عبر التاريخ وسبب ذلك التحول
قد يكون الكتاب لغويا
الى انه ثري بمعلومات تاريخية ايضا
حين يتعرض لسبب اشتقاق الكلمات من اللاتينية
ومتى كان ظهور ذات الكلمة
مثلا
حين يتعرض لكلمة فرد Individual
يوضح اصل المعنى الذي وضعت له
وكيف تم اشتقاقها من كلمة لاتينية وسطى
ثم متى استخدمة كمفردة لترجمة كلمة يونانية
يذكرها المؤلف ومعناها

واين يوجد معناها
يشير الى وجودها بمعنى متحول في الجدل الثيولوجي الق
...more
Joseph
Nov 28, 2008 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Williams is cultural studies what Eddie Van Halen is to two-handed tappers!
Jason ("jcreed")
Pretty readable for, you know, a glossary.
Anom Astika
Sep 09, 2010 Anom Astika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku ingat sekitar tahun 1990 an di Surabaya. Sebuah makalah karya Michael van Langenberg yang diberikan oleh seorang dosen Dr. Dede Oetomo kepadaku. Makalah itu cukup unik karena seperti kamus kata kata politik rejim Orde Baru. Makalah itu kemudian ku terjemahkan dan ku terbitkan secara indie sebagai pamflet untuk kawan kawan aktivis mahasiswa di bawah nama penerbit Kelompok Studi Sumber Rejeki.
Saat menerjemahkannya, Pak Dede memberikan buku Keywords ini yang ternyata menjadi sumber inspirasi M
...more
John
Jan 27, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: critical-theory
Williams, more than any other theorist or critic, was my inspiration is grad school and beyond -- possibly because he was the most humanist of the Cultural Theory Gods, possibly just because he was the most lucid (and, possibly, those two things are related). Though other books of his had a greater impact in my thinking -- especially Television: Technology and Cultural Form and Marxism and Literature -- Keywords, which is essentially an OED of the major terms and ideas on Cultural Studies, was i ...more
Laura Carter
Jun 25, 2015 Laura Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An etymological study of cultural "keywords." It was interesting. I liked it. Not much more to say.
Michael Granquist
Mar 03, 2010 Michael Granquist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must own for students of philosophy or the history of critical thought. Most of the words discussed are heavy nouns, like "culture" and "radical." Williams discusses how the usage of such words has changed over time in a way that imbues them with poetic power.
Mckinley
Jan 16, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really shouldn't say I've read it. I haven't, not completely. I've skimmed and read some entries. Defining use over time, history and meaning of words.
Excellent.
Signature103
May 05, 2009 Signature103 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great little book on the history of (cultural code)words, that of the English language. Simple and succinct. A must for anyone's bookshelf.
David Joseph
Jan 01, 2014 David Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: total-bullshit
Awesome example of historical critical methodology.

It's really helped shake me out of a persistent word fetishism.





Jack Coleman
Mar 04, 2013 Jack Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the language and its etymologize this books for you.
Nikki
Jan 09, 2012 Nikki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A highly recommended reference tool!
Louise
Louise is currently reading it
Feb 06, 2016
Andriana Xenophontos
Andriana Xenophontos marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2016
James Askari
James Askari rated it really liked it
Feb 05, 2016
i like Like
i like Like rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2016
Nirimba College
Nirimba College marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2016
Mau
Mau marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2016
Joshua Broomfield
Joshua Broomfield marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2016
Sharifa
Sharifa marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2016
葛 浩杰
葛 浩杰 marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2016
Sue Bridgwater
Sue Bridgwater marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2016
Mario
Mario added it
Jan 30, 2016
Gabe
Gabe marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2016
Ian Borim
Ian Borim marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2016
Vitor
Vitor added it
Jan 27, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 34 35 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Political Unconscious
  • In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics
  • Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust
  • Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
  • The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought)
  • Distant Reading
  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postmodernity
  • Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
  • Critical Terms for Literary Study
  • The Theory of the Novel
  • Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
  • Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method
  • After Theory
  • The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing (Essential Resource Library) (Essential Resource Library)
  • The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness
  • Imperial Eyes: Studies in Travel Writing and Transculturation
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory
54235
Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for ...more
More about Raymond Williams...

Share This Book