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.

Policy Help Wanted: Willing and Able Media Culturalists Please Apply

Policy Help Wanted: Willing and Able Media Culturalists Please Apply

Policy help wanted: Willing and able media culturalists please apply

Introduction: Media Culture Still Matters

We find ourselves at a confusing stage in the development of mass media and of their relationship to society. The media have acquired greater autonomy and an institutional dynamic of their own. ‘Society’ also appears more self-conscious than ever about the power of the media, yet with less power to influence their content and direction. The very notion of cultural policy has a dubious ring to many ears, on both the liberal and conservative wings of the mainstream political spectrum. It connotes commissars, preachers and regulators, cultural correctness backed by thought police or armies of middle-aged, middle-class bureaucrats. No doubt there are ...

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