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

Building a Method for Cultural Studies as the Study of Ordering

Building a method for cultural studies as the study of ordering

We start with a yet another warning: while this chapter presents you with a methodology for Cultural Studies as the study of ordering we do not think it is possible to give you a ‘principled’ methodology that can be uniformly and confidently applied to all situations and investigative possibilities – the idea of a recipe fixed in stone is anathema to the sort of Cultural Studies we have in mind. This is to say that our new direction for Cultural Studies privileges the careful and detailed ‘unprincipled’ study of ordering. Our emphasis, then, is on developing a means of careful and detailed investigations of ...

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