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.
Chapter 6: Does Cultural Studies Have a Future?
I am not nostalgic for some previous moment of cultural studies; I do not read the history of cultural studies as a narrative of either progress or decline. I want to suggest that there have been moments when, for many different reasons and as a result of many different determinations, political intellectuals were able to more fully realize the project of cultural studies, without necessarily doing it selfconsciously; in general, the history of cultural studies has been a history of mixed results. I presume that this is as it must be, and will always be the case. But it seems to me that in the contemporary moment, we might become more self-conscious of the project, and to take it up again. It is ...