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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.

Globalization and Global Spaces: Local Transformations
Globalization and global spaces: Local transformations
Introduction

In general, ‘globalization’ refers to a set of processes involving interaction between different peoples, institutions, communities and organizations across political and culturally constituted borders. Beyond this general definition, however, there is very little agreement amongst scholars about the origins, impact, value, directions and character of these processes. For many commentators, globalization processes are largely constituted around changes in the global, capitalist economy (Sklair, 2002); however, others believe that globalization is driven primarily by communications, media and cultural ‘flows’ (Appadurai, 1990; Fetaherstone, 1996; Tomlinson, 1999) which are themselves associated with distinct sociological, spatial and political conditions (Giddens, 1990; Castells, 1997; Held et al., 1999; Urry, 2003). While some theorists regard ‘globalization’ as a relatively new ...

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