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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 2: The Way We Were
The Way We Were
Like tribal societies, nascent disciplines are drawn to origin myths, stories which stabilize otherwise recalcitrant histories by identifying founding figures. Perhaps it is comforting to feel that one is, in Newton's memorable phrase, ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, if not to see further, like Newton himself, then at least to feel the benefit of good company. The very identification of founders gives us a sense of intellectual commonality, of tradition, of aspirations shared and enemies discomfited. It offers a collective memory of the way we were, and a kind of legitimation of how we are, for although the intellectual giants of our past are not to blame for what we have done to their project, their ghosts ...