A Vocabulary Of Culture And Society
'Keywords' is a unique exploration of the actual language of cultural transformation. Neither a defining dictionary nor a specialist glossary, it is the record of an inquiry into a vocabulary: a shared body of words and meanings concerned with the practices and institutions described as "culture" and "society".
In a series of connecting essays, Raymond Williams investigates how these "keywords" have been formed, altered, redefined, influenced, modified, confused and reinforced as the historical contexts in which they were applied changed to give us their current meaning and significance.
This edition includes the essays on an extra twenty-one words which Raymond Williams added to his original text when revising it to take account of fresh research and changes in nuance.