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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.

Social Theory and the Foundations of Cultural Studies
Social theory and the foundations of cultural studies
Introduction: Foundations of ‘Culture’

In Chapter 1 we distinguished between ‘society’ as an organized congregation of people, and ‘culture’ as a social group's aggregated meanings and meaning-making processes. Many earlier definitions regarded culture as the relatively homogenous and integrated symbolic ‘web’ which provided stability and coherence to a given society. These definitions regard society itself as highly integrated, since it is formed around durable and powerful social ‘structures’. In attempting to define and explain this relatively new form of social organization, mass society, social theorists in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries adapted the notion of structure from the natural sciences and engineering. In these terms, social structure is the invisible framework ...

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