Contemporary Society

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The intellectual contributions made by eminent social thinkers and scholars have often been one of the most reliable resources for humanity to realise the various aspects and characteristics of the contemporary society they are living in. Every epoch in human history has been characterised by the contribution of several intellectual giants whose works and writings helped the people of that particular period to formulate the accurate idea about the society of the time…

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Two of the most influential figures among these in a profound understanding of contemporary society in it various features and aspects have been Raymond Williams and Amartya Sen and this paper undertakes an evaluation of the intellectual contributions by these social philosophers whose works and writings helped modern man in realising the realities of present-day society. Williams' contributions to politics, culture, the mass media, cultural studies and the cultural materialist approach, and literature as well as Sen's works in welfare economics, social choice theory, economic growth, economic development and social topics helped the modern man tremendously in his understanding of the contemporary society.
Raymond Henry Williams (1921-1988), the Welsh novelist, literary critic, cultural historian, cultural and political theorist, and social philosopher, has been often considered as one of the most prominent figures within the New Left movement and an eminent thinker of the wider culture. Through his important writings on politics, culture, the mass media, and literature, Raymond Williams offered salient contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. ...
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