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

The Notion of Ordering as an Organising Principle for Cultural Studies

The notion of ordering as an organising principle for cultural studies

‘I just throw everything in the drawer!’

‘What! You're crazy. I make sure all the knives of the same size have their own compartment, all the spoons, all the forks, all the tea spoons. I have different compartments for other sizes of each of these implements and a separate one again for those freaky little spoons like salt spoons, sugar spoons and mustard spoons. You can imagine how many drawers I need.’

‘And you say I'm crazy.’

Both these folk are engaging in ordering – equally – even if they do not know it. They do it with their cutlery and they even do it with their ...

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