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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.  

A Way of Inhabiting a Culture: Paul Willemen's Looks and Frictions
A way of inhabiting a culture: Paul Willemen's looks and frictions

These three film-makers [Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Ousmane Sembene and Ritwik Ghatak] exemplify a way of inhabiting one's culture which is neither myopically nationalist nor evasively cosmopolitan. Their way of inhabiting their cultures … founded the search for a cinematic discourse able to convey their sense of a diagnostic understanding (to borrow a happy phrase from Raymond Williams) of the situation in which they worked and to which their work is primarily addressed.

Paul Willemen,‘The Third Cinema Question’1

What I feel energised enough to try to theorise, the issues I feel compelled to address and the terms in which I address them, are significantly determined by ...

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