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.

Base Notes: The Conditions of Cultural Practice

Base Notes: The Conditions of Cultural Practice

Base notes: The conditions of cultural practice

The Absent Centre

In Britain, the original impetus behind what came to be called cultural studies, was as much political as intellectual. It was part of a wider struggle to recast democracy in a society where established patterns of experience, division and community, were cracking and shifting. Raymond Williams was a decisive figure in this movement. Re-reading him therefore provides a useful starting point for re-evaluation since his work illustrates, perhaps better than anyone else's, some of the central tensions and silences that have come to characterize the field. His work played a pivotal role in staking out the territory that it was to occupy. His invitation to intellectual transgression and his insistence ...

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