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.

Political Economy and the Practice of Cultural Studies

Political Economy and the Practice of Cultural Studies

Political economy and the practice of cultural studies

Cultural studies has experienced a remarkable growth within the humanities and social sciences over the last decade. It has mounted an increasingly powerful challenge to the traditional humanities for their elitism, cultural chauvinism and neglect of the relations of social power embedded in texts and their interpretation and to empirical, positivist sociology for its neglect of qualitative factors in general and of culture and agency in particular. The success of this challenge can in part be explained by the elective affinity of cultural studies to the postmodern moment in theory and in some forms of cultural and political practice, a moment that cultural studies itself did much to construct.

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