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.

From Codes to Utterances: Cultural Studies, Discourse and Psychology

From Codes to Utterances: Cultural Studies, Discourse and Psychology

From codes to utterances: Cultural studies, discourse and psychology

Broadly speaking, the topic of cultural studies has been the critical analysis of ideology. Although Marx and Engels, in the German Ideology, claimed that the study of ideology should begin with the activity of ‘real men’ (1970: 42), the pages of cultural studies have tended to be devoid of recognizable women and men. Frequently, the ‘culture', to be studied by cultural studies, has been represented by manufactured artifacts, such as magazines, films or academic books. Culture does not appear as something to be lived. The analyses themselves have often appeared remote from life. Stuart Hall, for example, has complained about the barbarous language and the ‘overtheoreticism', which tends ...

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