Williams, R. 1983. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.

Williams, Raymond. 1983. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Revised Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

When misunderstandings of language take place, a presumption of different values, interests, priorities – vocabularies used to designate specialized meaning, sometimes based upon particular social categories. Language as contextual, imbued with history. “We find a history [in words] and complexity of meanings; conscious changes, or consciously different uses; innovation, obsolescence, specialization, extension, overlap, transfer; or changes which are masked by a nominal continuity so that words which seem to have been there for centuries, with continuous general meanings, have come in fact to express radically different or radically variable, yet sometimes hardly noticed, meanings and implications of meaning” (19).

*** A great resource to review, for definitions and origins of terms; however, reads like a dictionary.  Be forewarned.


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