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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.

Postmodernism and beyond
Postmodernism and beyond
Introduction

Over the past two decades the concept of postmodernism has achieved remarkable currency in cultural and public discourse. It is now virtually impossible to speak of contemporary culture without recourse to this resilient and encompassing concept. Like ‘culture’ itself, in fact, postmodernism appears to have penetrated every level of academic discourse from the humanities and arts through to the social and natural sciences. The concept, however, remains highly disputed, its mixed history directing scholars and other commentators through a phalanx of cognitive, critical and aesthetic possibilities. In this chapter we will examine the concept of postmodernism in relation to these key cultural debates. However, before proceeding, it is worth clarifying a few significant definitional issues.

Postmodernity and Postmodernism

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