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

Ordering through the Culture of Government – a Colonial Example

Ordering through the culture of government – a colonial example

To talk of ordering through the culture of government is to do a lot of talking – it is a big topic. We must face it: it is too big for a single chapter in a book like this, a book that is aiming to introduce a new way of going about studying culture. A sub-category is needed, a more manageable example within the field of ordering by government. To this end we concentrate in this chapter on colonial government from the perspective of culture; more particularly we focus on the government of the early Australian colonies. We argue that this example of colonial government was ...

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