Lecture 4 20140215
• Something you want to know of the links between the cultural diamond
• Link between the social world and cultural object.
• Think about the theory of reflection theory:
• Weberian approach: key ideals of Protestantism, religious beliefs shape the economic order
because hard work was a good moral judgement.
• Today’s questions: Who makes specific cultural objects? How are they endowed with meaning? What is
represented by the left of the diamond?
Building on Last week
• Functionalist approach to culture—BUT, not just a straightforward reflection
• Societies create “collective representations” to bind them together
• Collective representation: symbol or idea: something that stands for them.
• …Any identifiable social group will develop collective representations through which it
demonstrates its collective solidarity to itself and others.” (Griswold 2013: 54)
o Different subcultures example of sports, they have logos and so forth.
• We can study social groups by studying how they represent themselves
• First big DJ was Kool Herk he played in Le Bronx. The birth of hiphop from an individual who
played loud music and basically made a DJ career out of records.
• BB Boys broke boys dancing break dancing.
• What can we learn through an analysis of bboying? What are the relevant points on the cultural
diamond for this cultural object? What other key concepts from the readings can you apply to this clip?
• It relates to the social world, they all have the same perception of BB boying, cultural object: bb
• There is a real narrative of how BB boying and breaking came about—elements of that
• Struggle around the way hiphop is unde