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Keywords; A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

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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.

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Published May 16th 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 1975)
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Elizabeth
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
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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
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Anom Astika
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
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John
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
Michael Granquist
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
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
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
Awesome example of historical critical methodology.

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





Gideon Shapiro
How, for example, have concepts like "nature" and "justice" evolved in the English language through time?
Joseph
Raymond Williams is cultural studies what Eddie Van Halen is to two-handed tappers!
Jack Coleman
If you like the language and its etymologize this books for you.
Jason ("jcreed")
Pretty readable for, you know, a glossary.
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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
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