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This fully revised edition of the best selling introduction to cultural studies offers students an authoritative, comprehensive guide to Cultural Studies. Clearly written and accessibly organized the book provides a major resource for lecturers and students. Each chapter has been extensively revised and new material covers globalization, the post 9/11 world and the new language wars. The emphasis upon demonstrating the philosophical and sociological roots of Cultural Studies has been retained along with boxed entries on key concepts and issues. Particular attention is paid to demonstrating how Cultural Studies clarifies issues in Media and Communication Studies. There are chapters on the global mediasphere and new media cultures.

This is a tried and tested book which has been widely used wherever Cultural Studies is taught. The new edition has exploited and developed the strengths of the first edition and added to them with relevant up-dates and new material. It is an indispensable undergraduate text and one that will appeal to postgraduates and lecturers seeking a ‘refresher’ which they can dip into.

Contemporary Culture, Cultural Studies and the Global Mediasphere
Contemporary culture, cultural studies and the global mediasphere
Introduction: The Contemporary Setting

In 1997 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car accident in Paris. The driver was well over the legal alcohol limit and was travelling at speeds in excess of 200 kilometres an hour. While we might condemn the recklessness of the group, a global audience of around 2.5 billion people watched the laying to rest of the ‘People's Princess’, making it the most watched event in all human history. Also in 1997 the highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic, was released; over the following decade the film earned around $US600m and reached audiences in 120 countries. Around the same year the annual earnings ...

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