chapter  4
19 Pages

On the cusp of the cultural

WithJohn Eldridge

Culture is a famously complex term. There are ambiguities, shifting meanings and varying purposes in its application. The issues and problems that come into view in the space labelled the sociology of culture are so variegated that only the rim of them observed in this short paper. There are analytic and substantive debates. Max Weber is, ofter all, centrally concerned with the cultural significance of different world views and the relationship of beliefs to conduct. The greatest advances in the sphere of the social sciences are substantively tied up with the shift in practical cultural problems and take the guise of a critique of concept construction. As far as the sociological project is concerned that encounter issues of relativism which impinge in complex ways on questions of epistemology, morals, politics and aesthetics. There are different, sometimes competing, theoretical perspectives and methodological strategies.