Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice / Edition 4

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Chris Barker’s best-selling Cultural Studies has established itself as the leading undergraduate introduction to cultural studies. This Third Edition takes the student through all they need to know: the theoretical foundations and developments of cultural studies and the questions that occupy the field today, from the multiple meanings of ‘culture’ itself to ideology, language, subjectivity, sex, space, race, media, the urban, youth and resistance. With its concise, accessible definitions, stimulating activities, checked ‘key points’, chapter summaries, and an expanded glossary, it is an indispensable tool for students and instructors alike.

Key Features of the Third Edition:

  • Includes a new chapter on electronic media and ‘digital culture’
  • Provides major additions of material on the creative industries, culture jamming, new feminism and ‘raunch culture’ and globalization
  • Presents all-new photographs with pedagogic activities
  • Offers biographical snapshots of key figures in cultural studies
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The far-reaching version of Cultural Studies set out by Chris Barker goes beyond rounding up the usual suspects. They're here, certainly, but Barker's targets range from semiotics to memetics; from psychoanalysis to evolutionary psychology; and from poststructuralism to pragmatism. Emphasising the language-games of theory, Barker's breezy style helps convey a wealth of knowledge. This edition will undoubtedly spark new dialogues and debates in the multidisciplinary discipline of Cultural Studies!
Matt Hills
Reader in Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

Chris Barker's book was the first and remains the premier introductory textbook on Cultural Studies. In this third edition, Barker has updated his extensive material on the history, schools of thought and key concepts of Cultural Studies and provides an invaluable guide to emerging topics and issues in the field. Cultural Studies : Theory and Practice is written in a very accessible and student-friendly style yet it is never simplistic
Jim McGuigan
Professor of Cultural Studies, Loughborough University

This is a richly perceptive assessment of the currents - and swirling undercurrents - of Cultural Studies, written with passion and insight. Barker succeeds in showing us why theory matters, and does so in a manner that opens up familiar debates in new, exciting directions
Stuart Allan
Professor of Journalism, Bournemouth University

It is comprehensive in scope, clearly written, competent and accurate, and yet provides an original and useful perspective on cultural studies as well as an overview of key concepts, methods, topics, and the material of cultural studies
Doug Kellner
Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, UCLA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857024800
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 507,639
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Barker has been a teacher and researcher with over 25 years experience. He has worked in a number of schools and universities in both England and Australia. He is currently Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Chris is the author of six previous books that are linked together by an interest in culture, meaning and communication. At present he is exploring questions of emotion in contemporary cultural life.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Pt. 1 Foundations of Cultural Studies 1
1 An Introduction to Cultural Studies 3
2 Central Problems in Cultural Studies 32
Pt. 2 Questions of Culture 55
3 Questions of Culture and Ideology 57
4 Culture, Meaning, Knowledge: The Linguistic Turn in Cultural Studies 88
5 Biology, Evolution and Culture: Questions of Reductionism and Complexity 122
Pt. 3 The Changing Context of Cultural Studies 153
6 A New World Disorder? 155
7 Enter Postmodernism 186
Pt. 4 Sites of Cultural Studies 217
8 Issues of Subjectivity and Identity 219
9 Ethnicity, Race and Nation 247
10 Sex, Subjectivity and Representation 279
11 Television, Texts and Audiences 315
12 Cultural Space and Urban Place 347
13 Youth, Style and Resistance 374
14 Cultural Politics and Cultural Policy 403
Glossary: The Language-Game of Cultural Studies 435
References 452
Index 472
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