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.

The Es and the Anti-Es: New Questions for Feminism and Cultural Studies

The Es and the Anti-Es: New Questions for Feminism and Cultural Studies

The Es and the anti-Es: New questions for feminism and cultural studies

The Spectre of Humanism

I want to address two questions in this chapter. First, what consequences does recent poststructuralist and postcolonialist writing (notably that of Butler (1990, 1993) and Spivak (1987, 1993)) have for what I might loosely call feminist cultural studies? And secondly, is it possible to use this work to inject some renewed intellectual energy into those areas which cultural studies has, over the last few years, neglected? The most noticeable gaps and omissions in feminist cultural studies have been in the field of ‘lived experience'. By this I understand a form of investigation where the impact and significance of empirical ...

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