David Oswell has written a comprehensive introduction to cultural studies that guides the reader through the field's central foundations and its freshest ideas. This book: - grounds the reader in the foundations of cultural studies and cultural theory: language and semiology, ideology and power, mass and popular culture;- analyzes the central problems: identity, body, economy, globalization and empire;- introduces the latest developments on materiality, agency, technology and nature.Culture and Society is an invaluable guide for students navigating the dynamic debates and intellectual challenges of cultural studies. Its breadth and unparallelled coverage of cutting-edge theory will also ensure that it is read by anyone interested in questions of materiality and culture.`Too often cultural studies discourse seems cut off from wider developments in social theory. As a sociologist with a strong cultural studies sensibility, David Oswell is ideally placed to put this right. Through a series of well-judged and historically nuanced readings of cultural, social theory and critical philosophy, this book provides just the bridge between cultural studies and wider debates that we need' - Nick Couldry, Redaer in Media, Communications and Culture, London School of Economics and Political Science

Power: From Ideology to Government

Power: From ideology to government

It might not seem readily apparent that power has anything to do with culture. The singing of a song, the watching of a television programme, the writing of a novel do not in and of themselves necessarily assume an invitation to think of power. Equally, the analysis of the lived cultural experiences of particular groups of people can be conducted with no reference at all to questions of force, domination and exclusion. And yet, to a large extent cultural studies has insisted that power is central to understanding culture. Why might this be so? Before immediately thinking of capitalist conspiracies or invisible controlling agents or sophisticated surveillance technologies or ‘fascist insects preying on the life of ...

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