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  1. Robert W. Witkin (2003). Adorno on Popular Culture. Routledge.
    In the decades since his death, Adorno's thinking has lost none of its capacity to unsettle the settled, and has proved hugely influential in social and cultural thought. To most people, the entertainment provided by television, radio, film, newspapers, astrology charts and CD players seem harmless enough. For Adorno, however, the culture industry that produces them is ultimately toxic in its effect on the social process. Here, Robert Witkin unpacks Adorno's notoriously difficult critique of popular culture in an engaging and (...)
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  2. Robert W. Witkin (2000). Why Did Adorno "Hate" Jazz? Sociological Theory 18 (1):145-170.
    Adrono's jazz essays have attracted considerable notoriety not only for their negative and dismissive evaluation of jazz as music but for their outright dismissal of all the claims made on behalf of jazz by its exponents and admirers, even of claims concerning the black origins of jazz music. This paper offers a critical exposition of Adorno's views on jazz and outlines an alternative theory of the culture industry as the basis of a critique of Adorno's critical theory. Adorno's arguments are (...)
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  3. Robert W. Witkin (1997). Constructing a Sociology for an Icon of Aesthetic Modernity: Olympia Revisited. Sociological Theory 15 (2):101-125.
    I address the problem of constructing a sociology of the artwork through analyzing one particular painting-Manet's Olympia. The painting is an acknowledged icon of modernist art and has been variously located in discourses concerning modernity, gender, and sexuality in the modern world. My purpose is to locate this painting and modernist painting generally in the social formation. While the interpretation of a particular work of art plays a central part, here the ground of that interpretation lies in social theory. Modernist (...)
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  4. Robert W. Witkin (1992). Van Eyck Through the Looking Glass – Presentational Codes and Social Transition in the Formal Structure of a Fifteenth Century Pictorial Text. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 22 (3):329–350.
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