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
Chapter 7: Ordering through Routinisation – Technique, Technology and Self
Ordering through Routinisation – Technique, Technology and Self
One of the issues which began to come into focus in the previous chapter was ‘identity’. Identity is a staple concern of Cultural Studies. On the one hand, it is often characterised as constructed by dominant power mechanisms for their own nefarious purposes; on the other hand, identity can be seen as a point of resistance which sits outside those mechanisms. Identity (especially subcultural identity – see for example, Frith 1988; Hayward 1992; Hebdige 1979) is frequently celebrated as a possible avenue of escape from the logic of capitalism. Nowhere has this tendency been more marked than in the field of popular culture, which has been treated as the realm ...