Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice
  • Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice
  • Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice

Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice

by David Walton
     
 

The fundamental task facing students of cultural studies is to apply theory to critical practice. Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice provides readers with the conceptual tools to practice cultural analysis for themselves. Further, readers will:

  • Get a basic idea of the historical development of cultural studies
  • Become

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Overview

The fundamental task facing students of cultural studies is to apply theory to critical practice. Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice provides readers with the conceptual tools to practice cultural analysis for themselves. Further, readers will:

  • Get a basic idea of the historical development of cultural studies
  • Become familiar with important critics in the British cultural studies tradition
  • Get a concise but critically aware introduction to key concepts
  • Become conversant with some of the main areas of interest to cultural studies
  • Develop awareness of how theory can be transformed into practice
  • Develop the skills required to produce well-argued and informed projects
  • See, from numerous practical examples, how concepts work in practice

This book, by combining heuristic thinking with creative-critical approaches, provides undergraduates with an assured, witty, engaging and essential introduction to cultural studies.

David Walton is affiliated with the Universidad de Murcia, and is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies.

To listen to David Walton’s musical response to Adorno's famous essay on jazz, please visit Adorno: Jazz Perennial Fashion . This song accompanies pages 64 to 66 of the book together with a series of questions designed to get readers to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of Adorno's approach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412918954
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: HIGH CULTURE GLADIATORS: SOME INFLUENTIAL EARLY MODELS OF CULTURAL ANALYSIS
Culture and Anarchy in the UK
A Dialogue with Matthew Arnold
The Leavisites and T.S. Eliot Combat Mass Urban Culture
Adorno, the Frankfurt School and the 'Culture Industry'
PART TWO: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORKING-CLASS CULTURE
From a Day Out at the Seaside to the Milk Bar
Richard Hoggart and Working-Class Culture
E.P. Thompson and Working-Class Culture as a Site for Conflict, Consciousness and Resistance
Towards a Recognizable Theory of Culture
Raymond Williams
PART THREE: CONSOLIDATING CULTURAL STUDIES: SUBCULTURES, THE POPULAR, IDEOLOGY AND HEGEMONY
Introducing Stuart Hall
The Importance and Re-evaluation of Popular Mass Culture
Youth Subcultures and Resistance
A Dialogue with Quadrophenia
Subcultures and Widening Horizons
Further Strategies for Practice
How to Dominate the Masses Without Resorting to the Inquisition
Antonio Gramsci and Hegemony Theory
A Few Ways You Might Adapt Ideas from Louis Althusser to Cultural Studies a Dialogue with Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde
PART FOUR: PROBING THE MARGINS, REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN: REPRESENTATION, SUBORDINATION AND IDENTITY
Crying Woolf! Thinking with Feminism
Adapting Theory to Explore Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality
The Case of East is East
PART FIVE: HONING YOUR SKILLS, CONCLUSIONS AND 'BEGIN-ENDINGS'
Consolidating Practice, Heuristic Thinking, Creative Cri-tickle Acts and Further Research

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