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.

Teaching Cultural Studies

Teaching cultural studies

As I have already suggested, there are questions about how well our undergraduate programmes in cultural studies are preparing our students for graduate study. I think there are also questions about how well our programmes are serving the needs of undergraduates who are simply taking cultural studies as their major. As suggested in the previous chapter, even where they exist as independent entities, cultural studies programmes tend to be highly fragmented. Also, I think it would be true to say that it is more common now than it was when the field began to find that students are attracted by the topics of our courses, rather than by the fact that the approach being taken is cultural studies. So, we may find our classes full of students who are ...

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