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

World: Between Globe and Empire

World: Between globe and empire

In many ways the discourse of globalisation comes to the fore in the context of broader debates concerning massive changes to national economies and relations of international trade. In this context it was often talked about – in the strategic meetings called by chief executives of transnational corporations such as Shell, BP, Vodafone and Deutsche Bank or by the premiers and heads of state of national government – alongside the notions of liberalisation and the rapid development of new technology. The processes of globalisation were seen to sit alongside those political programmes that called for the freeing-up of markets, for the opening up of public forms of organisation to privatised logics and for the withering away ...

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