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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.

Popular Consumption and Youth Culture
Popular consumption and youth culture
Introduction

In Chapter 1 it was argued that contemporary culture is characterized by the density and proliferation of mediated communication - radio, television, IPod, movies, internet. While much of the earlier analysis of society and the media focused on the production of texts, we argued in Chapter 1 that a more complete understanding of culture also required an analysis of processes of textual consumption. Our distinctively televisual culture has been constructed around a form of consumer capitalism which attaches significant symbolic value to products, services and information units. That is, capitalism and its system of exchange imbues its material and non-material products (‘artefacts’) with certain kinds of meaning. Pierre Bourdieu (1984, 1990), as we have also discussed, ...

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