In recent years cultural studies perspectives have proliferated through a range of traditional academic disciplines and have been a fertile source of new ideas beyond the sphere of the academy; at the same time, cultural studies has been subject to critical scrutiny. Cultural Studies in Question is a major new text that offers a critical reappraisal of the contemporary practice of cultural studies. Focusing on the contribution of cultural studies to understanding media, communication, and popular cultures in contemporary societies, the authors offer a major reassessment of the domain of cultural studies. Elements examined include: + different strands of cultural studies, their sources, and whether there is a coherent project in cultural studies today + tensions and debates within cultural studies, and between cultural studies and alternative or related approaches to contemporary media and society + the movement by cultural studies revisionists toward more empirical and sociological modes of analysis Drawing on an outstanding group of internationally acclaimed scholars representing a broad cross-section of perspectives in media theory and communication studies, Cultural Studies in Question will provide a benchmark for substantive reflection on the state of the field of media and cultural analysis for academics and researchers and will stimulate reflection, understanding, and insight among students of media, communications, journalism, popular culture, and cultural studies.

Reflections on the Project of (American) Cultural Studies

Reflections on the Project of (American) Cultural Studies

Reflections on the project of (American) cultural studies

This is a real revolution … I am a genuine revolutionary; they (the Democrats) are the genuine reactionaries.

Newt Gingrich

The democrats thought the enemy had been overcome when they had conjured him away in imagination, and lost all understanding of the present in their inactive glorification of the anticipated future, and of the deeds they had up their sleeves but did not yet wish to display publicly.

Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire

A clash of doctrines is not a disaster but an opportunity.

Alfred North Whitehead

A predictable but nonetheless disquieting outcome of three decades of political change and agitation is that conservatives are in the political saddle virtually everywhere, forcing all political positions to contest on ...

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