Tate Liverpool presents an exhibition based on Raymond Williams’ seminal book Keywords – A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Williams distinguished keywords as those words that repeatedly crop up in our discussion of ‘the practices and institutions, which we group as culture and society.’ These include, for example, aesthetic, bureaucracy, equality and wealth, considered in a series of short essays that give an account of each word’s use, its origin, and meanings. The book is alphabetical and Williams said that he often wished some other ‘form of presentation could be devised’ because the alphabetical list can suppress the way that words are embedded in social situations and belong to networks.
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