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

Identity: Between Subject and Object

Identity: Between subject and object

When I got up this morning, I went downstairs, staggered into the bathroom, turned on the light and took a good look at myself in the mirror. Through my sleep-filled eyes I could see myself looking back, just as intently; this was me! It seems like we've all had these moments of recognition. The mirror seems to hold a privileged place in the problem of selfhood, precisely because it poses the self as an identity; the image in the mirror is the same as, or identical to, the person looking in front of it. The mirror seems to offer an unmediated access to one's self. And yet the signs ‘in’ the mirror are peculiar kinds of ...

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