Transgression

Transgression

Transgression

Transgression

Synopsis

Transgression is truly a key idea for our time. Society is created by constraint and boundaries, but as our culture is increasingly subject to uncertainty and flux we find it more and more difficult to determine where those boundaries lie. In this fast moving study, Chris Jenks ranges widely over the history of ideas, the major theorists, and the significant moments in the formation of the idea of transgression. He looks at the definition of the social and its boundaries by Durkheim, Douglas and Freud, at the German tradition of Hegel and Nietzsche, and the increasing preoccupation with transgression itself in Baudelaire, Bataille and Foucault. The second half of the book looks at transgression in action in the East End myth of the Kray twins, in Artaud's theatre of cruelty, the spectacle of the Situationists and Bakhtin's analysis of carnival. Finally Jenks extends his treatment of transgression to its own extremity.

Excerpt

Chris Jenks is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His previous books include Rationality, Education and the Social Organization of Knowledge (Routledge 1976), Worlds Apart - Readings for a Sociology of Education [with J. Beck, N. Keddie and M. Young] (Collier-Macmillan 1977), Toward a Sociology of Education [with J. Beck, N. Keddie and M. Young] (Transaction 1977); The Sociology of Childhood (Batsford 1982); Culture (Routledge 1993); Cultural Reproduction (Routledge 1993); Visual Culture (Routledge 1995); Childhood (Routledge 1996); Theorizing Childhood [with A. James and A. Prout] (Polity 1998); Core Sociological Dichotomies (Sage 1998); Images of Community: Durkheim, Social Systems and the Sociology of Art [with J.A. Smith] (Ashgate 2000); Aspects of Urban Culture (Academia Sinica 2001); Culture: Critical Concepts, 4 Volumes (Routledge 2002); Urban Culture, 4 Volumes (Routledge 2004). He is interested in sociological theory, post-structuralism and heterology, childhood, cultural theory, visual and urban culture, and extremes of behaviour.

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