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Lawrence Grossberg

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Chapter 6: Identity and Cultural Studies: Is That all There is?

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Identity and Cultural Studies: Is That all There is?
Identity and cultural studies: Is that all there is?
LawrenceGrossberg

There are many surprising aspects of the current success of cultural studies. I want here to focus on one of the most puzzling: namely, that even as the space of cultural studies seems to encompass an expanding range of theoretical positions, disciplinary matrices and geographical traditions, cultural studies itself seems to be identified with a shrinking set of theoretical and political issues. There is a noticeable tendency to equate cultural studies with the theory and politics of identity and difference, especially as a result of the influence of so-called postcolonial theory and critical race theory. I do not mean to deny the importance of such work in cultural ...

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