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Cultural Studies

  • By: Marco Santoro & Marco Solaroli
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

Cultural studies can be roughly identified as a transdisciplinary intellectual field focused on the relationships between culture, society, and identity. “Culture” here is conceived of in a very broad way, including the arts (both high and popular ones) as well as beliefs, discourses, and communicative practices. Media entertainment and popular culture are possibly the most common and most typical foci of interest of cultural studies practitioners, especially because of their relative exclusion from traditional curricula, but it is the whole field of cultural practices that appeals to cultural studies followers. Literary and film criticism, sociology, history, anthropology, communication research, geography, and even political theory are the main disciplinary venues from which its practitioners usually come, and from which they draw their tools, mixing them in ...

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