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E.P. Thompson and cultural sociology: questions of poetics, capitalism and the commons

Stevenson, Nick

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There is currently a need for cultural sociology to readdress the work of humanistic and cultural Marxism. While more recently much of this work has been dismissed the appearance of more radical social movements and the on-going crisis of neoliberalism suggests that it still has much to tell us. In this respect, this article seeks to readdress the writing of historian E.P.Thompson arguing that his work on the class based and other social movements, poetics, critique of positivism and economic reason, utopia and work on the idea of the commons all has much to offer more contemporary scholarship. While the article recognises that the cultural Marxism of figures like Thompson can-not simply be resurrected it does continue to offer a number of critical insights lacking from other traditions within cultural sociology. By readdressing the internal complexity of Thompson’s writing the argumentative strategy of this article suggests that cultural sociology needs to move beyond more simplistic understandings of cultural Marxism and more carefully explore what it has to offer.

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Stevenson, N. (2017). E.P. Thompson and cultural sociology: questions of poetics, capitalism and the commons. Cultural Sociology, 11(1), https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975516655462

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 27, 2016
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 27, 2016
Journal Cultural Sociology
Print ISSN 1749-9755
Electronic ISSN 1749-9763
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975516655462
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34324
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1749975516655462
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0

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