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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.  

Sticks and Stones and Stereotypes: What Are Speech Codes For?
Sticks and stones and stereotypes: What are speech codes for?

Every time someone learns to chant that ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me’, a lesson is passed on about language. Several lessons, really. We learn, first of all, to tell a whopping lie about language, and usually also about ourselves. Names can hurt all right, even if they don't break bones; as children, we learn to say that they can't precisely because they just have (‘there, there, don't cry: remember, „sticks and stones”’). Names hurt hearts and minds and souls, and a ‘me’ truly never hurt by names would be impervious to other human beings – an angel or ...

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