A Companion to Cultural Studies / Edition 1

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Experts from five continents provide a thorough exploration of cultural studies, looking at different ideas, places and problems addressed by the field.

  • Brings together the latest work in cultural studies and provides a synopsis of critical trends
  • Showcases thirty contributors from five continents
  • Addresses the key topics in the field, the relationship of cultural studies to other disciplines, and cultural studies around the world
  • Offers a gritty introduction for the neophyte who is keen to find out what cultural studies is, and covers in-depth debates to satisfy the appetite of the advanced scholar
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography and a listing of cultural studies websites
  • Now available in paperback for the course market.
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Editorial Reviews

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“A remarkably impressive and international collection…beautifully captures the restlessness, the malleability, and thetheoretical flexibility of cultural studies, while exposing some ofits limitations and failings… a provocative, readable anduseful collection.” Media InternationalAustralia

“Topics and methods of the global contributors are diverseand imaginative... readable and accessible to uninitiated outsidersand curious onlookers.” Choice

“A handy resource in which any university or collegeinterested in contemporary cultural studies will want toinvest.” European Journal of Communication

“Well organized.” Times Higher EducationSupplement

“An expansive volume… beneficial for the experiencedstudent or teacher, and an appropriate enough introduction for thenovice.” Design Issues

“Timely… Strong on recommended source materials, withgood stuff in each section, and a bibliographical section at theend. For the money, then, you would get a well-informed check-listof key works written/published over the last few decades… Thecase for making cultural studies more political, economic, andpolicy-related is well put.” Reference Reviews

“Monumental… an excellent place to start exploringconundrums surrounding the vexed institutional and academiclocation of cultural studies… a sustained, diverse,contentious set of reflections of what cultural studies might do,where, and how… [It] stunningly illustrates theinterdisciplinarity of the field… a rich collection.”American Anthropologist

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Meet the Author

Toby Miller is Professor in the Departments of English,Sociology, and Women’s Studies, and Director of theUniversity’s Program in Film and Visual Culture, at theUniversity of California, Riverside.

He is co-editor, with Robert Stam, of Blackwell's Film &Theory: An Anthology (2000) and A Companion to FilmTheory (2000), and is the author of a wide range of work incultural studies including Technologies of Truth (1998),Popular Culture and Everyday Life (1998), andGlobalization and Sport (2001). He is also co-editor of thejournal Social Text and editor of the journal TelevisionStudies and New Media.

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Table of Contents

1. What it is and what it isn't: Introducing . . . CulturalStudies: Toby Miller.

Part I: Disciplines:.

2. Interdisciplinarity: Mark Gibson, Murdoch University and AlecMcHoul, Murdoch University.

3. Is There a Cultural Studies of Law?: Rosemary Coombe,University of Toronto and York University.

4. The Renewal of the Cultural in Sociology: Randy Martin, NewYork University.

5. Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Disciplinary Boundaries:Frank Webster, University of Birmingham.

6. Notes on the Traffic Between Cultural Studies and Science andTechnology Studies: Marianne de Laet, California Institute ofTechnology.

7. Political Economy within Cultural Studies: Richard Maxwell,Queens College, CUNY.

8. Cultural Studies and Philosophy: An Intervention: DouglasKellner, UCLA.

9. "X" Never, Ever Marks the Spot: Archaeology and CulturalStudies: Silke Morgenroth.

10. The Unbalanced Reciprocity Between Cultural Studies andAnthropology: George E. Marcus, Rice University.

11. Media Studies and Cultural Studies: A Symbiotic Convergence:John Nguyet Erni, University of New Hampshire.

Part II: Places:.

12. Comparative Cultural Studies Traditions: Latin America andthe U.S.: George Yudice, New York University.

13. Can Cultural Studies Speak Spanish?: Jorge Mariscal,University of California - San Diego.

14. Australasia: Graeme Turner, University of Queensland,Australia.

15. Peripheral Vision: Chinese Cultural Studies in Hong Kong:Eric Kit-wai Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

16. Decentering the Centre: Cultural Studies in Britain and itsLegacy: Ben Carrington, University of Brighton.

17. European Cultural Studies: Paul Moore, University ofUlster.

Part III: Issues:.

18. Let's Get Serious: Notes on Teaching Youth Culture: JustinLewis, Cardiff University.

19. Looking Backwards and Forwards at Cultural Studies: PaulSmith, University of Sussex.

20. Close Encounters: Sport, Science, and Political Culture: C.L. Cole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

21. Intellectuals, Culture, Policy: The Practical and theCritical: Tony Bennett, Open University.

22. Listening to the State: Culture, Power, and Cultural Policyin Colombia: Ana Mara Ochoa Gautier, Universidad Autonoma delEstado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

23. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk: Andrea Fraser.

24. The Scandalous Fall of Feminism and the "First BlackPresident": Melissa Deem, University of Iowa.

25. Rap and Feng Shui: On Ass Politics, Cultural Studies, andthe Timbaland Sound: Jason King, New York University.

26. Fashion: Sarah Berry.

27. Cultural Studies and Race: Robert Stam, New YorkUniversity.

28. Globalization and Culture: Toby Miller, New York Universityand Geoffrey Lawrence, Central Queensland University,Australia.

29. "Cricket, with a Plot": Nationalism, Cricket, and DiasporicIdentities: Suvendrini Perera, University of Sri Lanka.

Part IV: Sources:.

30. Bibliographical Resources for Cultural Studies: Toby Miller,NYU.


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