This original, sharp, and engaging book draws the reader into a compelling exploration of cultural studies in the twenty-first century. It offers a level-headed account of where cultural studies has come from, the methodological and theoretical dilemmas that it faces today, and an agenda for its future development. In an age in which the relevance of cultural studies has been called into question, this book seeks to generate debate. Focusing upon the actual practice of cultural studies within higher education today, it asks whether or not cultural studies has really managed to maintain a connection with its original political and ethical mission and comments on the strategies needed to regain the initiative.

The Achievements of Cultural Studies
The achievements of cultural studies

I was among the first (admittedly, of many) to write a book length account of the development of cultural studies (Turner, 1990, 1996a, 2003); the point of my doing this at that time was to try to make cultural studies approaches accessible to a broader readership than those who were going to be reading Working Papers in Cultural Studies or the various readers being published through Hutchison, the Open University and so on. Today, the idea of cultural studies still seems to me as important and as relevant as it ever has been. However, what has happened to this idea in practice–how it has been implemented in various contexts, what kinds of influence it has had, and ultimately where I worry that it may ...

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