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.

Cultural Populism Revisited

Cultural populism revisited

During the early 1990s there was a moment of stock-taking in cultural studies which involved both a codification of knowledge for student consumption and a recognition of the diversification of work in the field according to the changing circumstances of theorizing and research that had resulted largely from the ‘globalization’ of cultural studies (Gray and McGuigan, 1993). It would be tedious to recount yet again these dynamics since they have been so minutely charted, though not always accurately, in a flood of recent literature, a literature which I do not intend to survey here. My intentions are much more specific: to affirm the critique of cultural populism, to further substantiate that critique and to move beyond it.

To recapitulate my original ...

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