This concise and accessible textbook overviews the place and continuing centrality of the concept of class in cultural studies and sociology. The book reopens the debates over class and culture that were very nearly closed down in postmodernism. Andrew Milner offers readers a critical introduction to the Marxist and Weberian accounts of class and relates the significance of class in the new social movements. He also looks at class politics and trends in the character of class relations.

Cultural Studies and Class

Cultural studies and class

From its modest British origins in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Cultural Studies has developed into an internationally significant academic growth industry. If not quite the ‘genuinely global movement’ Simon During imagined (During, 1993, p. 13), it has nonetheless grown into a putatively international discipline, with a serious intellectual presence in Australia and Canada, France, India and the United States, Taiwan and Korea.1 As we noted in Chapter 1, the origins of British Cultural Studies lay in a decidedly ‘classist’ critique of the unitary conception of culture deployed by Leavisite English. For Williams and Hoggart, as also for Thompson, it was social class that provided the central marker of what we have since come to know as ...

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