Contemporary Cultural Theory

An Introduction

Author: Andrew Milner,Jeff Browitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134419201

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Magic, Metaphor, Power

Author: Andrew Herman,Thomas Swiss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135205124

Category: Art

Page: 320

View: 4601


Engaging the thematic issues of the Web as a space where magic, metaphor, and power converge, the chapters cover such subjects as The Web and Corporate Media Systems, Conspiracy Theories and the Web; The Economy of Cyberpromotion, The Bias of the Web, The Web and Issues of Gender, and so on.

The Rhetorics of Feminism

Readings in Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Popular Press

Author: Lynne Pearce

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415281836

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

View: 1127


Is it possible that changes in rhetorical practice could alter not just how thought is expressed, but also how it is made? Through a close stylistic and rhetorical analysis of contemporary feminist writing - from the cultural theory of Judith Butler to the popular journalism of Naomi Wolf and Germaine Greer - Lynne Pearce demonstrates how feminist thought is created as well as communicated through the frameworks in which it is presented. By linking rhetorical innovation with feminist epistemology in such a direct way, this is a book that will be of immense methodological as well as theoretical interest to readers, providing valuable insight into the often mysterious processes of conception and composition.

The Spectralities Reader

Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory

Author: Maria del Pilar Blanco,Esther Peeren

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441136894

Category: Social Science

Page: 584

View: 4079


The Spectralities Reader is the first volume to collect the rich scholarship produced in the wake of the “spectral turn” of the early 1990s, which saw ghosts and haunting conjured as compelling analytical and methodological tools across the humanities and social sciences. Surveying the past twenty years from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, the Reader displays the wide range of concerns spectrality, in its diverse elaborations, has been called upon to elucidate. The disjunctions produced by globalization, the ungraspable quality of modern media, the convolutions of subject formation (in terms of gender, race, and sexuality), the elusiveness of spaces and places, and the lingering presences and absences of memory and history have all been reconceived by way of the spectral. A primer for the wide readership engaged with cultural interpretations of ghosts and haunting that go beyond the confines of the fictional and supernatural, The Spectralities Reader includes twenty-five groundbreaking texts by prominent contemporary thinkers, from Jacques Derrida and Gayatri Spivak to Avery Gordon and Arjun Appadurai, as well as a general introduction and six section introductions by the editors.

Realisms in Contemporary Culture

Theories, Politics, and Medial Configurations

Author: Dorothee Birke,Stella Butter

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110312913

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 3974


‘Realism’ is a pervasive term in discussions of contemporary developments in the cultural sphere. By drawing on different theories of realism, the authors explore how the term may be used as a helpful concept in order to analyse and evaluate current trends in cultural production and, in turn, how cultural production changes our understanding of what counts as ‘realism’. The contributions deal with realism in narrative fiction, drama and audiovisual media (film, television news) within the context of national traditions: examples drawn on in the case studies range from Africa, Britain, Germany, Iceland, Russia, Turkey to the United States. While the authors take their cues from media-specific ‘realisms’, focusing especially on narrative fiction, the volume also highlights continuities and intersections between notions of realism in different genres and media. With its original essays, this collection invigorates the transdisciplinary engagement with forms and socio-political functions of realism in contemporary culture.

Cultural Studies - The Basics

Author: Jeff Lewis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761963257

Category: Social Science

Page: 492

View: 6211


`To say that the scope of the book's coverage is wide-ranging would be an under-statement. Few texts come to mind that have attempted such a thorough overview of the central tenets of cultural studies' - Stuart Allan, University of West of England This is a book for anyone who wants an unfussy, authoritative critical introduction to Cultural Studies. It equips you with all that you need to know about theories of cultural studies: what they say, how they differ from one another and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each position. It provides biographical information on major theorists plus assessments of key texts. Unlike other competing books in the field, Cultural Studies - The Basics demonstrates what a Cultural Studies approach can do to illuminate basic areas of contemporary culture. Included are chapters on: - Feminism - The Body - Cultural Space - Communications Technology - Cultural Policy - Language and Culture. The book is designed to be used and read by students who face the pressures of essay dead-lines, examinations and dissertations. Above all it approaches Cultural Studies as something that needs to be used as well as studied.

Cultural Theory After the Contemporary

Author: S. Tumino

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230117023

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 902


Contemporary cultural studies have marginalized "agency," namely the power of people to shape social life. Here, Stephen Tumino offers a new materialist challenge to these tendencies and articulates an internationalist cultural theory that puts global agency in the forefront of cultural analysis.

Writing Diaspora

Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies

Author: Rey Chow

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253207852

Category: History

Page: 223

View: 2204


"... this is no doctrinaire tract but rather a concerted attempt to look at important cultural problems from a fresh perspective.... Chow's book is an excellent example of its type."—Discourse & Society "I believe that Rey Chow has written a powerful set of essays which offer a critical strategy for approaching questions of otherness and other societies by forcing us to constantly reassess our position." —Harry Harootunian Writing Diaspora questions aspects of cultural politics, including the legacies of European imperialism and colonialism, the media, pedagogy, literature, literacy, sexuality, intellectual labor, the uses and abuses of theory, and popularized notions about "others."

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory

The Johns Hopkins Guide

Author: Michael Groden,Martin Kreiswirth,Imre Szeman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142140639X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 536

View: 8728


Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide is a clear, accessible, and detailed overview of the most important thinkers and topics in the field. Written by specialists from across disciplines, its entries cover contemporary theory from Adorno to ?i?ek, providing an informative and reliable introduction to a vast, challenging area of inquiry. Materials include newly commissioned articles along with essays drawn from The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, known as the definitive resource for students and scholars of literary theory and for philosophical reflection on literature and culture.

Cultural Theory

Classical and Contemporary Positions

Author: Tim Edwards

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848607520

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 7119


"Written by some of the leading thinkers in the field, the book is an excellent resource for longstanding and contemporary issues in cultural theory. Comprehensive and well-written." - David Oswell, Goldsmiths College This timely volume provides a framework for understanding the cultural turn in terms of the classical legacy, contemporary cultural theory and cultural analysis. It reveals the significance of Marxist humanism, Georg Simmel, the Frankfurt School, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School, Giddens, Bauman, Foucault, Bourdieu and Baudrillard. Readers receive a dazzling, critical survey of some of the primary figures in the field. However, the book is much more than a Rough Guide tour through the 'great figures' in the field. Through an analysis of specific problems, such as transculturalism, transnationalsim, feminism, popular music and cultural citizenship, it demonstrates the relevance of cultural sociology in elucidating some of the key questions of our time.

On ideology

Author: University of Birmingham. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

View: 9764


A Companion to Museum Studies

Author: Sharon Macdonald

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444357948

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 592

View: 3726


A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studies Examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectives Covers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

An Introduction

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780131970687

Category: Culture

Page: 191

View: 9301


In this 4th edition of his successful Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, John Storey has extensively revised the text throughout. As before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. Retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using relevant and appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area. New to this edition bull; bull;Extensively revised, rewritten and updated bull;Improved and expanded content throughout including: New chapter on psychoanalysis New section on post-Marxism and the global postmodern bull;Closer explicit links to the new edition companion reader Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a reader bull;More illustrative diagrams and images bull;Fully revised, improved and updated companion website providing practice and extension promote further understanding of the study of cultural theory and popular culture The new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the sociology of culture, popular culture and other related subjects. John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely in cultural studies, including six books. The most recent book is called Inventing Popular Culture (Blackwell, 2003). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. He is a Visiting Professor at the universities of Henan and Wuhan.

Cultural Theory

An Introduction

Author: Philip Smith,Alexander Riley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444358901

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2105


This second edition of Cultural Theory provides a concise introduction to cultural theory, placing major figures, traditional concepts, and contemporary themes within a sharp conceptual framework. Provides a student-friendly introduction to what can often be a complex field of study Updates the first edition in response to reader feedback and to the changing nature of the field Includes additional coverage of theorists from the classical period to include Nietzsche and DuBois Introduces entirely new chapters on race and gender theory, and the body Considers themes that have become more important in theoretical activity in recent years such as computers and virtual reality, cosmopolitanism, and performance theory Draws on theories and theorists from continental Europe as well as the English-speaking world

Subkulturforschungtheorie als Bestandteil von Cultural Studies mit einer beispielhaften Auseinandersetzung der Punk Subkultur

Author: Lars Nemeth

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638660346


Page: 64

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Kultur und Landeskunde, Note: 1, Carl von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg (Anglistik), Veranstaltung: Kulturtheorien, 13 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Diese Arbeit widmet sich der Subkulturforschung im Rahmen der Cultural Studies und insbesondere der des Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham (Birmingham School). Es soll dargelegt werden in welcher Weise die Theorien uber Subkulturen sich in den Bereich der Cultural Studies eingliedern und somit die Uberlegungen der Wissenschaftler zweiter Generation an die Forschungsergebnisse der Kulturtheoretiker erster Generation des CCCS, wie zum Beispiel Richard Hoggarts und Raymond Williams anknupfen. Im ersten Teil dieser Arbeit soll zunachst die Entstehungsgeschichte der Cultural Studies so wie der Wandel und die Neufassung des Kulturbegriffs beschrieben werden. Ich werde den kulturellen Diskurs am Beispiel der Forscher Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams und Roland Barthes, bzw. an deren grundlegenden Erkenntnisse veranschaulichen. Das darauf folgende Kapitel skizziert die Anfange der Subkulturforschung, ab den zwanziger Jahren, des amerikanischen Soziologen Albert K. Cohen. Der Hauptteil dieser Arbeit befasst sich mit den Forschungsergebnissen des Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) im Bereich subkultureller Strategien und Stilmerkmale. Dabei stehen der von Claude Levi-Strauss gepragte Begriff Bricolage sowie die diesbezuglichen Untersuchungen des Kulturwissenschaftlers Dick Hebdige im Fokus dieser Arbeit. Im Schlussteil werde ich den Wandel subkultureller Stilmerkmale am Beispiel der Punks darstellen. Es wird auf die Einflusse afrikanischer (Sub)Kulturen auf Punk eingegangen, sowie den Einfluss und Wandel afrikanischer Kulturen im Allgemeinen auf Subkulturen, erortert werden.

Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134085478

Category: Social Science

Page: 414

View: 3157


If today students of social theory read Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens, then proper regard to the question of culture means that they should also read Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall and Slavoj Zizek. The Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory offers a concise, comprehensive overview of the convergences and divergences of social and cultural theory, and in so doing offers a novel agenda for social and cultural research in the twenty-first century. This Handbook, edited by Anthony Elliott, develops a powerful argument for bringing together social and cultural theory more systematically than ever before. Key social and cultural theories, ranging from classical approaches to postmodern, psychoanalytic and post-feminist approaches, are drawn together and critically appraised. There are substantive chapters looking at – among others – structuralism and post-structuralism, critical theory, network analysis, feminist cultural thought, cultural theory and cultural sociology. Throughout the Handbook there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, with chapters drawing from research in sociology, cultural studies, psychology, politics, anthropology, women’s studies, literature and history. Written in a clear and direct style, this Handbook will appeal to a wide undergraduate and postgraduate audience across the social sciences and humanities.

Working-class culture

studies in history and theory

Author: John Clarke,C. Critcher,Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies,Richard Johnson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 6912