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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.

Marxism and the Formation of Cultural Ideology
Marxism and the formation of cultural ideology

The concept of ‘power’ is central to many areas of contemporary cultural studies. While particular zones of cultural aesthetics and postmodernism have parenthesized issues of power, for most scholars working in the discipline it remains a key concept and focus of study. As Stuart Hall has argued, many of the most important studies of culture involve questions of social injustice and inequity - and in this context, Hall claims, Marx and Marxism ‘are never far away’. Karl Marx (1818–83) thus remains a towering figure in modern social, cultural and political theory. His revolutionary views on power and social relationships have influenced many generations of radicals and critical thinkers. His work continues as ...

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