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`This book represents a significant intervention and, as such, should be used on numerous cultural studies courses. In its intellectual honesty and clarity Tudor's book will stand as an authoritative basis for further developments in the coming years' - David Chaney Decoding Culture offers a concise and accessible account of the development of cultural studies from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Focusing on the significant theoretical and methodological assumptions that have informed the cultural studies project - the text: covers the key thinkers and key perspectives including, structuralism and post-structuralism, Screen theory, the Birmingham School, and audience analysis; offers a timely corrective t
Chapter 1: The Story So Far
The Story So Far
Some time in 1963, then a sociology undergraduate of strongly held opinions but little knowledge, I was moved to hurl Richard Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy across the room and out through my open bedsit window. So absolute was his condemnation of ‘Juke-Box boys’ and the rest of the burgeoning post-war youth culture that I took his book as a gross calumny visited upon what appeared to me to be the most exciting set of cultural changes since the emergence of the cinema. My anger was made all the more self-righteous by the nostalgia that cloaked his account of the working-class culture of his youth (I fancied myself a hard-headed Leninist at the time, and had little truck ...