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This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.  

The Scully Protocol (‘The Truth is Out There …’)
The scully protocol (‘the truth is out there …’)

On the possibility of free will and choice, Foucault explicitly tells us that they are mere illusions, and that the individual is merely the vehicle of whatever ideologies are controlling the unconscious.

David Williamson, ‘Universal Moral Soldier’, 19961

My role – and that is too emphatic a word – is to show people that they are much freer than they feel.

Michel Foucault, 19822

I have made a humiliating discovery. The world is full of people who believe in alien abductions, Satanic conspiracies and the ineffable evil of government; people who believe that Aborigines are privileged in Australian society, and that minorities have too much power; people who believe that deconstruction caused ...

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