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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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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
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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
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
Jan 09, 2012 Nikki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A highly recommended reference tool!
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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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