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.

Dominance and Ideology in Culture and Cultural Studies

Dominance and Ideology in Culture and Cultural Studies

Dominance and ideology in culture and cultural studies

Recent debate in critical theory has centered on conflict between political economy and cultural studies (Interfaces, 1993; Christians, 1995). In part, this debate might be seen as a contest over who is the rightful heir to critical theory; and, as is typical of dissension within any philosophical movement, attention is generally directed to older, safer issues – issues that don't seem to challenge fundamental premises.1 More specifically, points of contention such as the power of base versus superstructure or the prevalence of false consciousness loom large when political economists debate cultural studies theorists (see, for instance, Garnham, 1995a); however, when surveyed from outside these camps – a surveillance which is ...

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