What's Become of Cultural Studies?
Publication Year: 2012
This original, sharp, and engaging book draws the reader into a compelling exploration of cultural studies in the twenty-first century. It offers a level-headed account of where cultural studies has come from, the methodological and theoretical dilemmas that it faces today, and an agenda for its future development. In an age in which the relevance of cultural studies has been called into question, this book seeks to generate debate. Focusing upon the actual practice of cultural studies within higher education today, it asks whether or not cultural studies has really managed to maintain a connection with its original political and ethical mission and comments on the strategies needed to regain the initiative.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Introduction: Practising Cultural Studies Today
- Chapter 1: The Achievements of Cultural Studies
- The Institution of Cultural Studies
- Cultural Studies and …
- Chapter 2: The ‘Undiscipline’: Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinarity
- Being ‘Undisciplined’
- The Limits of Interdisciplinarity
- So, What Next …
- Chapter 3: Teaching Cultural Studies
- The Marginalization of Teaching
- Cultural Studies 101
- Old News and Bad News
- Chapter 4: Unintended Consequences: Convergence Culture, New Media Studies and Creative Industries
- The Return of Cultural Populism
- Convergence Culture, Cultural Studies and the Curriculum
- Two Stories
- Chapter 5: Internationalizing Cultural Studies: From Diaspora to Indigeneity
- From Diaspora to Indigeneity
- Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
- Chapter 6: Does Cultural Studies Have a Future?
- Cultural Studies and the Public Good
- An Interdisciplinary Lingua Franca
© Graeme Turner 2012
First published 2012
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About the Author[Page vii]
Graeme Turner is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He is one of the founding figures of cultural studies in Australia, and a major contributor to the field internationally; his British Cultural Studies: An Introduction (1990, 1996a, 2003) was the first book to provide an overview of cultural studies for an international readership. In addition to his involvement in debates around the theory and practice of cultural studies, he has published on a wide range of topics within cultural and media studies, and on a variety of media–film, television, radio and the press. His work on celebrity (Fame Games: The Production of Celebrity in Australia ), co-authored with Frances Bonner and P. David Marshall, and Understanding Celebrity ) is widely cited as among the foundational contributions to this emerging field. His most recent book, Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (2010), focused on the increasing prominence of ‘ordinary people’ in the media, and examines the politics that might be seen to generate that prominence. Graeme Turner's current research project is a large transnational study of television in the post-broadcast era, which has involved comparative work in Asia and Latin America; publications so far include (co-edited with Jinna Tay) Television Studies after TV: Understanding Television in the Post-Broadcast Era (2009).
This book has a list of acknowledgements which is a little more extensive than customary for me because, more directly than any of my previous publications, it has developed out of numerous exchanges and debates with my cultural studies colleagues. Indeed, the idea for this book originally came out of a series of conversations with my friend and publisher, Chris Rojek, who raised the initial proposition and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the project as it has developed and mutated into its current form.
I wrote the first half of the book while I was a guest of the Scholars’ Program in Communication and Culture at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2010. My stay there was one of the most pleasurable and stimulating experiences I have had and I am extremely grateful to the wonderful Barbie Zelizer for the invitation and for her generosity and friendship while I was there. A number of the Annenberg community assisted me with thinking about the book through colloquia presentations and private conversations; among those with whom I most enjoyed talking over the four months there are Marwan Kraidy, Katherine Sender, Joe Turow, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Elihu Katz, Monroe Price, and my Scholar's Program colleague, Melani McAlister. Emily Plowman was a tireless and engaging support system for the programme and for Melani and myself.
Several friends and colleagues have read sections of the draft, but the ones who read the most, and who were therefore most generous with their time and in their comments and suggestions, are Meaghan Morris and Michael Delli Carpini, and I want to thank them for their contribution to the final product. My colleague and research collaborator at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, Anna Pertierra, has generously [Page ix]read drafts of several chapters for me while being, as always, an astute and insightful sounding board for ideas as they have developed.
This book has been the focus of many conversations which may not have been particularly notable to those concerned but were nonetheless extremely valuable to me as I tested ideas and sought more information. Among those who I would like to acknowledge for their help in this way are Mark Andrejevic, Anne Balsamo, Michael Bérubé, Charlotte Brunsdon, Nick Couldry, Melissa Gregg, Larry Grossberg, Gay Hawkins, James Hay, Chris Healy, Toby Miller, Elspeth Probyn, David Shumway, and Sue Turnbull.
Some parts of some chapters have been published in earlier versions and so I thank the editors of Cultural Studies Review and of Cultural Studies for their permission to make use of that material. I also wish to thank Duke University Press and Larry Grossberg for permission to reproduce the quotation used as the epigraph for Chapter 6. The team at SAGE, particularly Jai Seaman, has been excellent to deal with over the course of the writing and its production.
My wife, Chris, who has lived with the everyday presence of the project of cultural studies longer than most of those who get paid to do so, has as always been a sustaining force and a necessary antidote to the more testing aspects of academic work.
Finally, the regular work in progress sessions in my own workplace, the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, and the astute, intelligent and generous input from what is absolutely the most wonderful group of academic colleagues one could wish for, have played a significant part in shaping the approach and the arguments made. Of course, none of those named are to blame for any of what follows; these are my views but I am grateful for the help I have had in forming them.
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