`Cultural Creation': Unsociological aspects of Goldmann's sociology of culture
McHoul, A.W. (1980) `Cultural Creation': Unsociological aspects of Goldmann's sociology of culture. Sociology, 14 (4). pp. 567-580.
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The concern of this paper is to locate certain troubles and contradictions within Lucien Goldmann's avowedly sociological programme for the investigation of culture. It will be seen that these turn, generally, upon Goldmann's insistence on maintaining a central methodological position for the category of the subject and, more particularly, upon his conception of the subject as individual (rather than collective) subject. Part of these methodological troubles is seen to be connected with Goldmann's use of a metaphor connecting Piaget's individual/environment distinction with the distinction between social groups and history. To this degree, the paper is generally concerned with the severance of sociological studies of culture from psychologistic and belletrist preoccupations.
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