Cultural Studies and Communication

Communication is central to creating, reinforcing, and reproducing a culture, or the shared practices, institutions, ideas, and symbolic forms of human groups. Early in the scholarship of culture, attention was paid to forms of “high culture,” such as fine and performing arts, literature, and drama. Beginning in the 20th century, scholars became interested in studying every type of the communication process within a culture, including the quotidian and popular communication that could be easy to dismiss.

Cultural studies of media communication are a necessarily interdisciplinary discipline, often drawing theoretical and methodological frameworks from a wide range of disciplines, including critical race and feminist theories, philosophy, political science, and rhetoric, among others. Scholars from these traditions generally seek to understand the relationships among the economic, political, cultural, ...

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