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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.  

Uncle Billy, Tina Turner and Me
Uncle billy, tina turner and me

Like many other people, I first saw TV through the glass of a shop-front window. I don't remember it very well. It was near Martin Place in Sydney, but only a photograph tells me this; I do remember a sudden flash, and then the man with a camera demanding money from my mother in George Street. It must have been about 1958. In the Christmas holidays, we would take the twenty-hour train trip from Tenterfield in northern New South Wales to see my father's mother in Glebe (‘don't tell anyone your Nanna lives in a slum’, some of the family would whisper), and go to ‘the city’. I loved riding the escalators up to ...

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