• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

`This is a tour de force… It combines luminous discussion of the core conceptual issues of cultural studies, with a hard-headed, practical sense of how research in the field gets done. The result is a seriously smart, comprehensive survey of the whole terrain of cultural studies itself. This is a book on methods which readers will be able to make their own; and which -- uniquely in the genre -- will keep them buzzing' - Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary University of London 'The Practice of Cultural Studies is an original introduction to the field. It offers a sophisticated “how-to” guide to doing research in cultural studies. From the difficulties of formulating a problem to the unique articulations of specific methodologies in cultural studies, students will find this book both useful and challenging' - Professor Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina What is distinctive about cultural research? How does one do Cultural Studies? Unlike many other disciplines, cultural studies has not been explict about the nature of its practice. This book aims to redress the balance in favour of those who are studying culture by providing a comprehensive guide to researching and writing. Based on the methods course at Nottingham Trent and addressed to advanced undergraduates, Masters Level students and those just commencing a PhD, this book aims to provide an overview of specific research traditions in cultural studies, whilst also situating those traditions in their historical context. The Practice of Cultural Studies: · Identifies the main methods of researching culture · Demonstrates how theory can inform and enable the practice of research · Explores the ways in which research practices and methods both produce and are produced by knowledge · Looks at the implications of the 'cultural turn' for disciplines other than cultural studies The Practice of Cultural Studies will be an essential text for students of cultural studies and a useful guide to others studying culture in a range of disciplinary contexts across the humanities and social sciences.

The Research Process: Moments and Strategies
The research process: Moments and strategies
  • Choosing and developing a topic63
  • Starting64
  • Managing time65
  • Working with others: supervisors and peers66
  • Reviewing the literature, mapping the field68
  • Developing research proposals71
  • General models of researching73
  • Starting from a source not data?74
  • Sources and questions74
  • Research, analysis and textuality75
  • Contextualization and creating distance77
  • Writing as a moment – functions and forms78
  • Diversity in the writing process – planning and writing80
  • Writing and the autobiographical voice81
  • Writing ethics and politics: authorial power and its deployment82
  • Conclusion84

In this chapter we focus on what Michael Green, in a similar project, has called ...

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