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Interdyscyplinarny charakter kulturoznawczego pojęcia kultury
The Notion of Culture in Cultural Studies and its Interdisciplinarity

Author(s): Monika Walczak
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: cultural studies; interdisciplinarity

Summary/Abstract: Two tendencies determine the use of the concept of culture within Polish cultural studies: the tendencyto understand culture in a generalized, comprehensive way and the tendency to narrow itdown, to particularize it. The former tendency is visible, among other things, in the concept of cultureadopted by the main founding traditions of Polish cultural studies: the Wrocław tradition establishedby Stanisław Pietraszko and the Poznań tradition introduced by Jerzy Kmita. The latter tendency isinherent in these conceptions of cultural studies that take as their object different fragments of culturefor example contemporary culture, or artistic culture. The problem of interdisciplinarity presentedin the paper is asked in the context of the notion of culture specific for cultural studies. The paperinvestigates, whether and in what sense the concept of culture is interdisciplinary. Do cultural studiesresearchers employ a specific notion of culture shared by them and suitable therefore to performthe function of integrating cultural studies as the domain of interdisciplinary studies? Which notionof culture – the general or the particular one – can serve the purpose better?

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 39
  • Page Range: 135-152
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish