Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Cultural Studies

Cultural studies

This chapter is organized into three sections. The introduction discusses the political attitude and characteristic motivations of cultural studies (hereafter CS). The second section traces CS's diversity of origins and innovations. The concluding section confronts the state of CS today.

The Attitude

Cultural studies does not view culture as simply a fun night at the pictures, a good read or a quiet retreat into a museum. It involves a politics of writing which aims to heighten awareness and understanding of the present conditions and possible purposes of cultural labour. Culture is fraught. People work to make culture. Not only the writers, technicians, artists, carpenters and all those who put together movies, books and such; culture is also made by labour not directly involved in the ...

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