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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 3: Enter Structuralism
As befits a topic as vast and as often misrepresented as structuralism, let me begin with a sweeping generalization. The most striking developments in twentieth-century thought, at least in the humanities and the social sciences, derive much of their force and originality from the so-called ‘linguistic turn’. This is not to say that there are no significant developments in psychology, in literary studies, in philosophy, in history, in sociology, which do not emerge from this century's fascination with language. Of course there are. But if one were to seek a single intellectual common cause, a shared thread of thought which has influenced so many of the disciplines concerned with human activity and its products, then language would surely be that topic.
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