Understanding Culture offers an accessible and comprehensive overview of the field of cultural studies whilst also proposing a different way of `doing' cultural studies. It focuses on the ways in which cultural objects and practices serve as both a means of ordering people's lives and as markers of that ordering. The book reviews the state of the discipline of cultural studies and suggests a new theoretical and methodological orientation drawing on the work of: Foucault; scepticism, Wittgenstein; Harvey Sacks and John Law; uses insights from a variety of sources to examine the complex ways in which meanings are manufactured as lives are ordered in particular social settings: personal life, education, health, the city and law; and pre

Surveying the Field of Cultural Studies

Surveying the field of cultural studies

We feel compelled to warn you. This chapter is not about Cultural Studies as we think it should be, but about Cultural Studies as it has been and is practised. We give only some hints here about the way we think it should be – something that fills the other chapters. But, it has to be acknowledged, our disquiet about the way it has been and is practised will hit you well before you reach the other chapters (it already has). We try to limit our expressions of disquiet to those necessary to establish that Cultural Studies is in poor health – enough to need our doctoring – but it might well be that ...

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