Performing Culture presents a detailed and probing account of cultural studies' changing fixations with theory, method, policy, text, production, audience and the micro-politics of the everyday. John Tulloch encourages academics and students to take seriously the need to break down the separation between high and low cultural studies. Tulloch's case studies show that the performance of cultural meanings occurs in forms as diverse as The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare and Chekhov productions and our everyday work and leisure encounters. Drawing upon anthropological and dramatic studies of performance, the book emphasizes that academic research also performs cultural meaning. A central feature of the book is i

Cultural Theory

Cultural theory

In the face of nuclear, chemical and biotechnical dangers it is no longer possible for authoritative decisions to be made by groups of experts. Because of this epistemic authority no longer rests with particular groups of scientists, politicians and industrialists, but has fragmented across a huge range of social groups, the incessant interaction of which is potentially raising society to a qualitatively new level of self-critique. … [C]ritique is endemic to the risk society, and does not have to be introduced from outside by the sociologist. (Lash, Szerszynski and Wynne, 1996: 6)

The question, then, is what kind of representational order we should establish in our stories about media consumption. (Ang, 1996: 77)

This chapter will focus on the issue of ‘stories of expertise ...

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