Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

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This lively and assured book provides a concise and authoritative critical guide to Cultural Studies, using discussion of representative texts and concrete examples from popular culture. As such, it achieves a novel and accessible account of the origins and development of the field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745636837
  • 9780745636832

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What has the death of Corporal Patrick D. Tillman of the US ArmyRangers in an incident of friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004 gotto do with culture? How has the study of ideology, coding, themingand representation by Cultural Studies helped us to understandReality TV, the Internet, mobile phones, the iPod and leadingbrands in neat capitalism like Virgin, The Body Shop and Apple?

This lively and assured book provides a concise andauthoritative critical guide to Cultural Studies. It demonstratesthat the field has moved through four moments': theNational/Popular, the Textual/Representational, Global/PostEssentialism and Governmentality/Policy. It illustrates the meaningof each of these moments by a discussion of representative textsand concrete examples from popular culture. As such, it achieves anovel and accessible account of the origins and development of thefield.

The book also shows how the readers personal experience can besystematically situated in cultural forces and used as a resourceto clarify how culture works, through the analysis of on-locationpractice, embodiment, emplacement and context. Packed withilluminating examples, and a clear and compelling prose style, thebook is the antidote to abstract, hazy accounts of the meaning andvalue of Cultural Studies. It is the ideal text for readers new tothe field, but it will also be appreciated by establishedpractitioners as good to think with.
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Table of contents

*1 Culture Counts *2 Doing Cultural Studies *3 Culture Is Structured Like a Language *4 Zeroing-In On Culture *5 The Four 'Moments' In Cultural Studies *6 Situating Yourself In Culture *7 Cultural Distortion *8 Neat Capitalism *9 Neat Publishing *10 Conclusion: The "Long March" of the Cultural Imaginary * Notes * References * Author Index * Subject Index
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"A lively appraisal of Cultural Studies, offering an array of fresh insights into current debates about pressing social issues. Chris Rojek provokes, challenges and inspires in equal measure." Professor Stuart Allan, University of the West of England "Chris Rojek has for decades worked on the cutting edge of cultural studies. His book Cultural Studies presents an excellent introduction to the field; case studies in how to do cultural studies; an overview of significant moments and debates in the field; and the articulation of original categories and insights that should be of use to beginning students and seasoned scholars alike." Douglas Kellner, University of California-Los Angeles
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About Chris Rojek

Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology and Culture, Brunel University West London
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