British Cultural Studies: An Introduction / Edition 3

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British Cultural Studies is a comprehensive introduction to the British tradition of cultural studies. Graeme Turner offers an accessible overview of the central themes that have informed British cultural studies: language, semiotics, Marxism and ideology, individualism, subjectivity and discourse. Beginning with a history of cultural studies, Turner discusses the work of such pioneers as Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart, E.P.Thompson, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. He then explores the central theorists and categories of British cultural studies: texts and contexts; audience; everyday life; ideology; politics, gender and race. The third edition of this successful text has been fully revised and updated to include:
*Applying the principles of cultural studies and how to read a text
*An overview of recent ethnographic studies
*A discussion of anthropological theories of consumption
*Questions of identity and new ethnicities
*How to do cultural studies, and an evaluation of recent research methodologies
*A fully updated and comprehensive bibliography
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415252287
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The idea of cultural studies 9
Language and culture 10
Semiotics and signification 13
Marxism and ideology 17
Individualism and subjectivity 20
Texts, contexts and discourses 22
Applying the principles 26
2 The British tradition: a short history 33
Hoggart and The Uses of Literacy 38
Raymond Williams 41
E. P. Thompson and culturalism 55
Stuart Hall 58
The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies 62
Other 'centres' 65
3 Texts and contexts 71
Encoding/decoding 72
The establishment of textual analysis 77
Dethroning the text 89
Polysemy, ambiguity and reading texts 95
Textual events 106
4 Audiences 109
Morley and the Nationwide audience 109
Watching with the audience: Dorothy Hobson and Crossroads 113
Widening the frame: TV in the home 119
Text and audience: Buckingham's East Enders 124
Media audiences and ethnography 130
The audience as fiction 134
From reception to consumption 138
5 Ethnographies, histories and sociologies 143
Ethnography 143
Historians and cultural studies 152
Sociology, cultural studies and media institutions 159
6 Ideology 166
The return of the repressed 168
The turn to Gramsci 177
The retreat from ideology: resistance, pleasure and the new revisionism 181
Postmodernism 189
7 Politics 196
Politics, class and cultural studies 196
Women take issue 202
There ain't no black ... 207
Identity 212
New ethnicities 215
From consumer to citizen 219
8 Conclusion 225
'Doing' cultural studies 225
The circuit of culture 228
Conclusion 230
Notes 232
Bibliography 236
About the author 252
Index 253
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