This is the first volume to capture the essence of the burgeoning field of cultural studies in a concise and accessible manner. Other books have explored the British and North American traditions, but this is the first guide to the ideas, purposes and controversies that have shaped the subject. The author sheds new light on neglected pioneers and a clear route map through the terrain. He provides lively critical narratives on a dazzling array of key figures including, Arnold, Barrell, Bennett, Carey, Fiske, Foucault, Grossberg, Hall, Hawkes, hooks, Hoggart, Leadbeater, Lissistzky, Malevich, Marx, McLuhan, McRobbie, D Miller, T Miller, Morris, Quiller-Couch, Ross, Shaw, Urry, Williams, Wilson, Wolfe and Woolf. Hartley also examines a host of central themes in the subject including literary and political writing, publishing, civic humanism, political economy and Marxism, sociology, feminism, anthropology and the pedagogy of cultural studies.
- Introduction – A Philosophy of Plenty: A New Endeavour?
- Chapter 1: The Intelligent Co-Ed's Guide to Cultural Studies: From Virginia Woolf to Tom Wolfe (Destination O'Hare)
- Chapter 2: Culture from Arnold to Schwarzenegger: Imperial Literacy to Pop Culture (Destination Democracy?)
- Chapter 3: ‘Beating the Whites with the Red Wedge’: From Public Service to Dinner Service (Destination Kate Moss)
- Chapter 4: Waiting for the Kettle to Boil: Culture and Consciousness (Destination Celebration)
- Chapter 5: The Ordinary as a Sign of Itself: Culture and Everyday Life (Travelling, Shopping, Walking, Eating)
- Chapter 6: Reading the Readers: From Marx to Market (Desperately Seeking Adoption)