Culture and power

a history of cultural studies

Author: Mark Gibson

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845201173

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 1525

Power has long been a central preoccupation of social and cultural analysis. Culture and Powerfocuses on power to shape a history of Cultural Studies. A critical analysis of the nature and purpose of Cultural Studies, the book assesses the development of the discipline from the work of Michel Foucault in post-war France and the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies in the 1970s to the expansion of the field in the United States and present day concerns with culture, politics and ethics. As Cultural Studies has shifted, the concept of power has changed and become more problematic. Moving on from the celebrated "culture wars" - and battles over language, objective knowledge and disciplinary values and meanings - Culture and Powerunravels the social, ideological and political knots bound up in the concept of power. In doing so, the book charts not only the history but also the possible future of Cultural Studies.

Culture and Society

An Introduction to Cultural Studies

Author: David Oswell

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847877532

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8043

"Too often cultural studies discourse seems cut off from wider developments in social theory. As a sociologist with a strong cultural studies sensibility, David Oswell is ideally placed to put this right. Through a series of well-judged and historically nuanced readings of cultural, social theory and critical philosophy, this book provides just the bridge between cultural studies and wider debates that we need" - Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science David Oswell has written a comprehensive introduction to cultural studies that guides the reader through the field's central foundations and its freshest ideas. This book: Grounds the reader in the foundations of cultural studies and cultural theory: language and semiology, ideology and power, mass and popular culture. Analyzes the central problems: identity, body, economy, globalization and empire. Introduces the latest developments on materiality, agency, technology and nature. Culture and Society is an invaluable guide for students navigating the dynamic debates and intellectual challenges of cultural studies. Its breadth and unparalleled coverage of theory will also ensure that it is read by anyone interested in questions of materiality and culture.

Culture and Power

A Media, Culture & Society Reader

Author: Paddy Scannell,Philip Schlesinger,Colin Sparks

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803986312

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 357

View: 8017

This broad-ranging book presents an introduction to the issues and debates which are currently central to media studies, drawn from major articles published in the journal Media, Culture & Society in the period 1985 - 1991. The first part outlines and surveys some key theoretical developments in media studies such as the increased use of feminist and cultural studies approaches to the media and the development of the postmodernism debate. The second part addresses the key area of recent research around the audience; the last section addresses the public sphere. Drawing together key work from the breadth of current critical media research, Culture and Power is an invaluable student textbook and a complement to

Culture and Power in Cultural Studies

The Politics of Signification

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748640150

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

View: 9494

John Storey's best and most significant contributions to the field of cultural studies - together in a single volume.

History and Cultural Theory

Author: Simon Gunn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317868153

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 1369

In recent times there has been recognition of the growing influence of cultural theory on historical writing. Foucault, Bourdieu, Butler and Spivak are just some of the thinkers whose ideas have been taken up and deployed by historians. What are these ideas and where do they come from? How have cultural theorists thought about 'history'? And how have historians applied theoretical insights to enhance their own understanding of events in the past? This book provides a wide-ranging and authoritative guide to the often vexed and controversial relationship between history and contemporary theory. It analyses the concepts that concern both theorists and historians, such as power, identity, modernity and postcolonialism, and offers a critical evaluation of them from an historical standpoint. Written in an accessible manner, History and Cultural Theory gives historians and students an invaluable summary of the impact of cultural theory on historiography over the last twenty years, and indicates the likely directions of the subject in the future.

Material Powers

Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn

Author: Tony Bennett,Patrick Joyce

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113401516X

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 5647

This edited collection is a major contribution to the current development of a ‘material turn’ in the social sciences and humanities. It does so by exploring new understandings of how power is made up and exercised by examining the role of material infrastructures in the organization of state power and the role of material cultural practices in the organization of colonial forms of governance. A diverse range of historical examples is drawn on in illustrating these concerns – from the role of territorial engineering projects in seventeenth-century France through the development of the postal system in nineteenth-century Britain to the relations between the state and road-building in contemporary Peru, for example. The colonial contexts examined are similarly varied, ranging from the role of photographic practices in the constitution of colonial power in India and the measurement of the bodies of the colonized in French colonial practices to the part played by the relations between museums and expeditions in the organization of Australian forms of colonial rule. These specific concerns are connected to major critical re-examination of the limits of the earlier formulations of cultural materialism and the logic of the ‘cultural turn’. The collection brings together a group of key international scholars whose work has played a leading role in debates in and across the fields of history, visual culture studies, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, museum studies, and literary studies.

Research Practice for Cultural Studies

Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures

Author: Ann Gray

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761951759

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

View: 363

How is culture 'lived'? What are the best ways of investigating cultural life? This book offers practical guidance for researching cultural studies.

Culture, Power And History

Studies in Critical Sociology

Author: Stephen J. Pfohl

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004146598

Category: Social Science

Page: 556

View: 1508

This volume brings together theoretical meditations and empirical studies of the intersection of culture, power and history in social life. Contributors bring a diversity of critical sociological perspectives and subject matters to this important edited book.


A Reformer's Science

Author: Tony Bennett

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446225844


Page: 272

View: 5628

This major work, by one of the key figures in cultural studies, critically examines the theory, history and practice of culture. It is a comprehensive review of the main debates in cultural studies that is grounded in an historical account of the modern relations between culture and government. The book illuminates the relationship between culture and the social, as well as offering an important assessment of the role of intellectuals in relation to the organization of contemporary cultural life. Culture: A Reformer's Science is a major reappraisal of cultural studies; an engagement with the relations of culture and policy; and a critical examination of the conditions for intellectual work.

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics

Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park

Author: Ted Gournelos

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739137215

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

View: 1420

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park argues that progressives should perceive the connections among media, policy, and culture beyond the limits of "politics" and "news". With sustained analyses of groundbreaking contemporary examples of what has become known as "convergence culture," Ted Gournelos brings together a wide range of media without sacrificing depth. His examples, such as South Park, The Simpsons, The Onion, The Daily Show, Chappelle's show and The Boondocks, are chosen for their political scope and social impact and demonstrate the ways in which what we know as "politics" is rapidly changing. The book's forays into established fields like feminist, race, and queer theory are combined with perspectives drawn from political economy and rhetoric to demonstrate the power of irony, humor, and cultural dissonance in modern approaches to dissonant cultural politics.

Media/cultural Studies

Critical Approaches

Author: Rhonda Hammer,Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820495262

Category: Social Science

Page: 644

View: 3013

This anthology is designed to assist teachers and students in learning how to better understand and interpret our common culture and everyday life. With a focus on contemporary media, consumer, and digital culture, this book combines classic and original writings by both leading and rising scholars in the field. The chapters present key theories, concepts, and methodologies of critical cultural and media studies, as well as cutting-edge research into new media. Sections on teaching media/cultural studies and concrete case studies provide practical examples that illuminate contemporary culture, ranging from new forms of digital media and consumer culture to artifacts from TV and film, including Barbie and Big Macs, soap operas, Talk TV, Facebook, and YouTube. The lively articles show that media/cultural studies is an exciting and relevant arena, and this text should enable students and citizens to become informed readers and critics of their culture and society.

Matters of Culture

Cultural Sociology in Practice

Author: Roger Friedland,John Mohr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521795456

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 637

American sociology is in the midst of a cultural turn. Where sociologists once spurned culture, today they embrace and explore it, seeking to understand the construction of social forms and the way culture matters. Problems of meaning, discourse, aesthetics, value, textuality, form and narrativity, topics traditionally within the humanists' purview, have come to the fore as sociologists increasingly emphasize the role of meanings, symbols, cultural frames and cognitive schema in their theorizations of social process and institution. Matters of Culture, first published in 2004, is an introduction to some of the best theorizing in cultural sociology, focusing in particular on questions of power, the sacred and cultural production. With a major theoretical introduction that lays out the internal structure of the field and its relation to cultural studies and contributions from leading academics Matters of Culture offers students and professors alike a representative range of the types of cultural sociological analysis available.


a cultural studies reader

Author: Jennifer Harding

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415469302

Category: Psychology

Page: 418

View: 8374

Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader brings together the best examples of recent and cutting-edge work on emotions in cultural studies and related disciplines. The book differentiates between theoretical traditions and ways of understanding emotion in relation to culture, subjectivity and power, thus mapping a new academic territory and providing a succinct overview of cultural studies as well as studies of emotion.The Reader is divided into two parts:Part I contains key essays from the fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. These essays provide insights into how emotions are sociocultural phenomena, how they are culturally and historically specific, how they change over time, across cultures, and within societies, and how they participate in the production of power relations. Part II contains essays which illustrate core aspects of a cultural emotion studies. They adopt diverse perspectives, topics, and methodologies on emotions, offering new understandings of key themes taken up by cultural studies such as nation, the public sphere, popular culture, subjectivity, social identity, discourse, and power relations. Together, they demonstrate what emotions 'do' and how they contribute to knowledge production. Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader provides students with an essential overview of contemporary academic debate within the humanities and social sciences on the place of emotions in culture, as part of everyday individual, cultural, and political life.

Dialogues on Cultural Studies

Interviews with Contemporary Critics

Author: Arif Dirlik,Shaobo Xie,Fengzhen Wang,Wang Fengzhen

Publisher: University of Calgary Press

ISBN: 1552380742

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 6618

How should the project of cultural studies change for the twenty-first century? Does theory have general application? How should we evaluate revolutions?How should we define countries, like China, on the margins of modernity and post-modernity?Is a neo-Orientalism emerging in today's world?These are questions Shaobo Xie and Wang Fengzhen ask a panel of North America's leading cultural critics. What emerges is a remarkable collection of interviews and dialogues that discuss culture, ideology, history, Marxism, modernity, post-modernity, post-colonialism, globalization, and the role of the university and the intellectual in today's society. With Contributions by:Arif DirlikTeresa EbertBarbara FoleyFredric JamesonPamela McCallumJ. Jillis MillerMasao MiyoshiBruce RobbinsJohn Carlos RoweHenry SchwarzRichard TerdimanHayden White

Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance

The Culture and History of a South African People

Author: Jean Comaroff

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226114231

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 4492

In this sophisticated study of power and resistance, Jean Comaroff analyzes the changing predicament of the Barolong boo Ratshidi, a people on the margins of the South African state. Like others on the fringes of the modern world system, the Tshidi struggle to construct a viable order of signs and practices through which they act upon the forces that engulf them. Their dissenting Churches of Zion have provided an effective medium for reconstructing a sense of history and identity, one that protests the terms of colonial and post-colonial society and culture.

Cultural Studies

A Critical Introduction

Author: Simon During

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415246576

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 3800

Providing an overview of the history, development and theory of cultural studies, this text begins by presenting an introduction to the field before highlighting key issues such as space, time and identity.

Culture and Power

The Plots of History in Performance

Author: J. Rubén Valdés Miyares,Carla Rodríguez González

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: History

Page: 292

View: 2274

Culture and Power: The Plots of History in Performance is a collection of essays on the configuration of history as text, including the visual, with a particular focus on the performance of historical plots. Contributors include distinguished scholars from parts of the world as far apart as Toronto and Istanbul, Singapore and Cardiff, or Berlin and Alicante, in all walks of academic life, from emeritus professors to recent PhDs. Covering a broad spectrum between cultural studies and metahistory, from politics to literature, and exploring the various performative aspects of history writing, in their full range, from myth to the sublime, the whole endeavours to be greater than the sum of its parts. The essays begin by questioning traditional historiography and the problems of referentiality it entails. Locating history-making in the primal scene of the political imaginary, the essays then analyse the emplotment of history in visual culture, museum exhibitions, drama, and the fa brication of national identities, culminating in some case studies of literary recreations of history, which suggest that the ultimate source of historiographic transformation is related to writing itself as a performative act. The overall argument therefore drifts from radical antirepresentationalism to an emphasis on presentation over representation, and from there to the performativity of the historical text.

New Keywords

A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Author: Tony Bennett,Lawrence Grossberg,Meaghan Morris

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118725417

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 1480

Over 25 years ago, Raymond Williams’ Keywords: AVocabulary of Culture and Society set the standard for how weunderstand and use the language of culture and society. Now, threeluminaries in the field of cultural studies have assembled a volumethat builds on and updates Williams’ classic, reflecting thetransformation in culture and society since its publication. NewKeywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society is astate-of-the-art reference for students, teachers and culturevultures everywhere. Assembles a stellar team of internationally renowned andinterdisciplinary social thinkers and theorists Showcases 142 signed entries – from art,commodity, and fundamentalism to youth,utopia, the virtual, and the West– that capture the practices, institutions, and debates ofcontemporary society Builds on and updates Raymond Williams’s classicKeywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, by reflecting thetransformation in culture and society over the last 25 years Includes a bibliographic resource to guide research andcross-referencing The book is supported by a

The Rise of Anthropological Theory

A History of Theories of Culture

Author: Marvin Harris

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759101333

Category: Social Science

Page: 806

View: 8588

The best known, most often cited history of anthropological theory is finally available in paperback! First published in 1968, Harris's book has been cited in over 1,000 works and is one of the key documents explaining cultural materialism, the theory associated with Harris's work. This updated edition included the complete 1968 text plus a new introduction by Maxine Margolis, which discusses the impact of the book and highlights some of the major trends in anthropological theory since its original publication. RAT, as it is affectionately known to three decades of graduate students, comprehensively traces the history of anthropology and anthropological theory, culminating in a strong argument for the use of a scientific, behaviorally-based, etic approach to the understanding of human culture known as cultural materialism. Despite its popularity and influence on anthropological thinking, RAT has never been available in paperback_until now. It is an essential volume for the library of all anthropologists, their graduate students, and other theorists in the social sciences.

A Short History of Cultural Studies

Author: John Hartley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761950288

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

View: 6614

Hartley sheds new light on neglected pioneers, and also examines a host of themes in the subject, including literary criticism, mass society, political economy, art history, teaching and feminism, anthropology and sociology.