This is a book for anyone who wants an unfussy, authoritative critical introduction to Cultural Studies. It equips you with all that you need to know about theories of cultural studies: what they say, how they differ from one another and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each position. It provides biographical information on major theorists plus assessments of key texts. Unlike other competing books in the field, Cultural Studies - The Basics demonstrates what a Cultural Studies approach can do to illuminate basic areas of contemporary culture. Included are chapters on: *Feminism *The Body *Cultural Space *Communications Technology *Cultural Policy *Language and Culture The book is designed to be used and read by students who face the pressures of essay dead-lines, examinations and dissertations. Above all it approaches Cultural Studies as something that needs to be used as well as studied.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: FORMING
CULTURE//INFORMING CULTURAL THEORY / Defining Culture: the Scope of the Task / society and Culture / Marxism and the Formation of Cultural Ideology / British Cultural Studies / PART TWO: CULTURAL LOCATIONS
/ Language and Culture: From Structuralism to Poststructuralism / Feminism: From Femininity to Fragmentation / Postmodernism and Beyond / Popular Consumption and Media Audiences / The Body / Postmodern Spaces-Local and Global Identities / The Culture of New Communications Technology / Culture and Government: Constructing the Future