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This ambitious collection of work at the intersection of cultural studies and contemporary political theory brings together leading thinkers from both traditions. Challenging the terms that have shaped the last 20 years of culture wars, the essays in Cultural Studies and Political Theory reject the accusations of the right that everything is political and of the left that politics is everything. They respond with an alternative, with an exploration of processes of politicization and culturalization that asks, "what does it mean for something to be political?"In affirming that there are different answers to this question, the contributors to Cultural Studies and Political Theory expand definitions of politics in light of transformations in globally networked, consumer-driven, mediated technoculture. Comprehending the production of the political is crucial at a time when the political and the cultural can no longer be decoupled and when we cannot know in advance who "we" are. By gathering the work of theorists who are redefining approaches to politics and culture, Jodi Dean establishes a set of directives for theoretical work at a new crossroads.
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"This is not a collection for the intellectually timid. It will be of interest to those who are seeking to promote collaborative relations between the fields of cultural studies and political theory."—James L. Danielson, Minnesota State University. Perspectives on Political Science, Summer 2001

"This book challenges political theorists to be more capacious in their treatment of the political, more attuned to cultural work that untidies their precious categories. It calls on cultural studies scholars to be more deliberate about the political potential of their insights into the subtle cultural feedback that they so convincingly deconstruct. . . . As individual essays and as a collection, however, this book will reach far into the bookshelves and classrooms of critical legal theory, democratic theory, American studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, and other untapped resources for political/cultural imagination."—Jill Locke, Gustavus Adolphus College. American Political Science Review, March 2002

"Cultural Studies and Political Theory is profoundly interdisciplinary, pursuing as it does the dialectic of theoretical, cultural, and political inquiry in a whole array of areas and discourse."—Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The Comparatist, Vol. 26, 2002

"These 16 diverse and wide-ranging pieces provide a thought-provoking foray into the central debates and problematics of contemporary political and cultural theory by probing the question 'what does it mean for something to be political?' . . . Each and every essay sheds . . . light on . . . social, moral, and legal issues we share and must address as global citizens."—Robert Owens Gardner, University of Colorado–Boulder, Journal of Intercultural Studies 23:3, 2002

"Cultural Studies and Political Theory is a groundbreaking book. It not only deepens and expands the crucial and complex link between politics and cultural studies, but also offers a new language for connecting politics, theory, and democratic social change."—Henry A. Giroux, Waterbury Chair Professor of Education and Cultural Studies, Penn State University

"Inquiry into what is political and why is remarkably overdue in cultural studies. In this volume, cultural analyses of political life and political studies of culture are wound around each other to consider this question from dozens of provocative angles. This is a rich collection that could change the contours of the several disciplines it so capably traverses."—Wendy Brown, University of California at Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485787
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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