The World of Quantum Culture
by Manuel J. Caro, ed., John W. Murphy, ed.
July 2002, 216pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-97068-0
$86, £64, 72€, A123
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Examines the implications of Quantum Aesthetics for social life.

Caro and Murphy introduce the philosophy of Quantum Aesthetics—a theoretical framework developed by Spanish-language theorists that has spread throughout the world in the last three years—to an English-speaking audience. In order to achieve this, writers from around the world were asked to either apply quantum aesthetics philosophy to their respective areas of study, or write about their current work within this theoretical framework.

Chapters are devoted to the history of quantum aesthetics, quantum art, quantum literature, quantum politics, quantum anthropology, and so forth. In the end, the general elements of a quantum culture are outlined, and the differences that this culture shows with respect to old conceptualizations of this domain are explained. With respect to the field of cultural studies, this new approach to cultural analysis changes how societies can be investigated as well as provides cultural studies with a more comprehensive and integrated framework. Specifically noteworthy is that quantum aesthetics is less reductionistic than research strategies of the past. A provocative collection for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with the sociology of culture, cultural studies, social philosophy, and sociological theory.

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