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PART ONE: CULTURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cultural Studies The Language-Game of Cultural Studies Cultural Studies as Politics The Parameters of Cultural Studies The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies Disciplining Cultural Studies Key Concepts in Cultural Studies Culture and Signifying Practices Representation Materialism and Non-Reductionism Articulation Power Popular Culture Texts and Readers Subjectivity and Identity The Intellectual Strands of Cultural Studies Marxism and the Centrality of Class Capitalism Marxism and Cultural Studies Culturalism and Structuralism Culture is Ordinary Structuralism Deep Structures of Language Culture as 'Like a Language' Poststructuralism (and Postmodernism) Derrida: The Instability of Language Foucault and Discursive Practices Anti-Essentialism Postmodernism Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity Freudian Self The Oedipus Complex The Politics of Difference: Feminism, Race and Postcolonial Theory Feminism Race, Ethnicity and Hybridity The New Cultural Studies Project Central Problems in Cultural Studies Language and the Material The Textual Character of Culture The Location of Culture How is Cultural Change Possible? Rationality and Its Limits The Character of Truth Questions of Methodology Key Methodologies in Cultural Studies Ethnography Textual Approaches Reception Studies The Place of Theory Chapter 2. Questions of Culture and Ideology Culture with a Capital C: The Great and the Good in the Literary Tradition Leavisism Culture is Ordinary The Anthropological Approach to Culture Culturalism: Hoggart, Thompson, Williams Richard Hoggart: The Uses of Literacy Edward Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class Raymond Williams and Cultural Materialism High Culture/Low Culture: Aesthetics and the Collapse of Boundaries A Question of Quality Form and Content Ideological Analysis The Problem of Judgement Mass Culture: Popular Culture Culture as Mass Deception Criticisms of the Frankfurt School Creative Consumption Popular Culture The Popular is Political Culture and the Social Formation Marxism and the Metaphor of Base and Superstructure The Foundations of Culture Culture as Class Power The Specificity of Culture Williams: Totality and the Variable Distance of Practices Relative Autonomy and the Specificity of Cultural Practices Althusser and the Social Formation Relative Autonomy Articulation and the Circuit of Culture Two Economies The Question of Ideology Marxism and False Consciousness Althusser and Ideology Ideological State Apparatuses The Double Character of Ideology Althusser and Cultural Studies Gramsci, Ideology and Hegemony Cultural and Ideological Hegemony Ideology and Popular Culture The Instability of Hegemony Gramscian Cultural Studies The Problems of Hegemony and Ideology Hegemony and Fragmentation Hegemony and Power Ideology as Powee Ideology and Misrecognition What is Ideology? Chapter 3: Culture, Meaning, Knowledge: The Linguistic Turn in Cultural Studies Saussure and Semiotics Signifying Systems Cultural Codes Barthes and Mythology 'Myth Today' Polysemic Signs Poststructuralism and Intertextuality Derrida: Textuality and Differance Nothing but Signs Differance Derrida's Postcards Strategies of W riting Deconstruction Derrida and Cultural Studies Foucault: Discourse, Practice and Power Discursive Practices Discourse and Discipline The Productivity of Power The Subjects of Discourse Post-Marxism and the Discursive Construction of the 'Social' Deconstructing Marxism The Articulated Social Language and Psychoanalysis: Lacan The Mirror Phase The Symbolic Order The Unconscious as 'Like a Language' Problems with Lacan Language as Use: Wittgenstein and Rorty Wittgenstein's Investigations Language as a Tool Language-Games Lyotard and Incommensurability Rorty and the Contingency of Language Anti-Representationalism Truth as Social Commendation Describing and Evaluating Culture as Conversation Discourse and the Material Indissolubility Languages for Purposes Chapter 4: Biology, the Body and Culture The Problem of Reductionism Forms of Reduction Holism The Capabilities of Science Languages for Purposes The Cultured Body A Body of Theory The Medical Body Genetic Engineering The Ethical Controversy Research Within Cultural Studies The Evolved Body of Biology Natural Selection and the Place of Genes Evolutionary Culture Evolutionary Psychology The Evolved Brain Some Implications for Cultural Studies Biology and Culture: The Case of Emotions Understanding Emotion Evolution and Emotion The Emotional Brain Cognition, Culture and Emotion The Cultural Construction of Emotion The Circuit of Emotion Emotion as Experience Identity and Emotion The Happiness Movement Culture and Happiness Cultural Studies, Happiness and Power Meme Theory PART TWO: THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF CULTURAL STUDIES Chapter 5: A New World Disorder? Economy, Technology and Social Class Fordism Post-Fordism Reorganizing Labour Neo-Fordism 'New Times' Post-Industrial Society and the Reconfiguration of Class Identities The Rise of the Service Class Disorganized Capitalism Organized Capitalism Deconcentration and Deindustrialization Patterns of Consumption Postmodernization The Question of Determination Globalization The Dynamism of Modernity Global Economic Flows Global Cultural Flows Disjunctive Flows Homogenization and Fragmentation Cultural Imperialism and its Critics Hybridity and Complex Cultural Flows Glocalization Creolization Globalization and Power Modernity as Loss Global Climate Change Cultural Studies and Climate Change The State, Politics and New Social Movements The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of History? Form and Competence Autonomy Legitimation The End of History? New Social Movements Displacing Class? Life-Politics Symbolic Communities Chapter 6: Enter Postmodernism Defining the Terms The Institutions of Modernity The Industrial Revolution Surveillance The Dynamism of Capitalist Modernity The Nation-State and Military Power Modernism and Culture Modernism as a Cultural Experience Risk, Doubt and Reflexivity The Flaneur The Dark Side of Modernity Modernism as Aesthetic Style The Problems of Realism Fragmentation and the Universal The Cultural Politics of Modernism Modernisms Modern and Postmodern Knowledge The Enlightenment Project Scientific Management Marxism as Enlightenment Philosophy Scientific Laws and the Principle of Doubt The Critique of the Enlightenment Foucault Postmodernism as the End of Grand Narratives The End of Epistemology Relativism or Positionality? The Promise of Postmodernism (or Modernity as an Unfinished Project?) Politics Without Foundations Modernity as an Unfinished Project The Public Sphere A Normative Project Postmodern Culture The Reflexive Postmodern Postmodernism and the Collapse of Cultural Boundaries Bricolage and Intertextuality The Aestheticization of Everyday Life Postmodern Aesthetics in Television Postmodern Detectives and Gangsters The Cartoon Postmodern Culture Jamming Subverting Adverts Evaluating Postmodern Culture Depthless Culture Implosions and Simulations The Cultural Style of Late Capitalism Transgressive Postmodernism PART THREE: SITES OF CULTURAL STUDIES Chapter 7: Issues of Subjectivity and Identity Subjectivity and Identity Personhood as a Cultural Production Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism Self-Identity as a Project Social Identities The Fracturing of Identity The Enlightenment Subject The Sociological Subject The Postmodern Subject Social Theory and the Fractured Subject The Historical Subject of Marxism Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity Feminism and Difference Language and Identity The Foucauldian Subject The Articulated Self Anti-Essentialism and Cultural Identity The Articulation of Identities Sites of Interaction Posthumanism Agency and the Politics of Identity The Question of Agency Foucault and the Problem of Agency Giddens and Structuration Theory The Duality of Structure The Concept of Agency Agency as Making a Difference Choice and Determination Modes of Discourse Originality Innovation and Change Anti-Essentialism, Feminism and the Politics of Identity Biology as Discourse Sex and Gender Is a Universal Feminism Possible? The Project of Feminism Creating 'New Languages' Challenging the Critique of Identity Strategic Essentialism Chapter 8: Ethnicity, Race and Nation Race and Ethnicity Racialization Different Racisms The Concept of Ethnicity Ethnicity and Power National Identities The Nation-State Narratives of Unity The Imagined Community Criticisms of Anderson Diaspora and Hybrid Identities The Idea of Diaspora The Black Atlantic Types of Hybridity The Hybridity of All Culture Hybridity and British Asians From 'Sojourners to Settlers' Switching Cultural Codes Multiple Identities Intersections and Boundary Crossings Weaving the Patterns of Identity Race, Ethnicity, Representation Savages and Slaves Plantation Images The Criminalization of Black Britons Orientalism Television and the Representation of Race and Ethnicity Whites Only Stereotyped Representations Signs of Change Menace to Society Assimilationist Strategies The Ambiguities of Representation The New Ghetto Aesthetic EastEnders I'll Fly Away Race and the Internet The Question of Positive Images Postcolonial Literature Models of Postcolonial Literature Domination and Subordination Hybridization and Creolization Chapter 9: Sex, Subjectivity and Representation Feminism and Cultural Studies Patriarchy, Equality and Difference Liberal and Socialist Feminism Difference Feminism Black and Postcolonial Feminism Poststructuralist Feminism Postfeminism Sex, Gender and Identity The Science of Sex Women's Difference Irigaray and Womanspeak The Social Construction of Sex and Gender Sex as a Discursive Construct Sexed Subjects Foucault: Subjectivity and Sexuality Sex and the Discursive Construction of the Body The Feminist Critique of Foucault Ethics and Agency Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Sexed Subjectivity Regulating Sexuality Chodorow: Masculinity and Femininity Phallocentric Psychoanalysis Julia Kristeva: The Semiotic and The Symbolic Judith Butler: Between Foucault and Psychoanalysis The Performativity of Sex Identification and Abjection Drag: Recasting the Symbolic The Discipline and the Fiction of Identity Men and Masculinity Problematic Masculinity The Roots of Male Addiction The Betrayal of the Modern Man Gender, Representation and Media Culture Images of Women The Bitch, the Witch and the Matriarch Affirmation and Denial Women of Bollywood The Taming of the Shrew The Problem of Accuracy Subject Positions and the Politics of Representation The Slender Body The Independent Mother Madonna's Performance Raunch Culture Gender in Cyberspace The Question of Audiences Chapter 10: Television, Texts and Audiences Television as Text: News and Ideology Putting Reality Together The Manipulative Model The Pluralist Model The Hegemonic Model Agenda Setting Gulf War News Presentational Styles Social Media and News Reporting Changes in Conventional Media Twittering in Iran Social Media and the US Presidential Election Comedy News Television as Text: Soap Opera as Popular Television Soap Opera as a Genre Women and Soap Opera Soap Opera and the Public Sphere The Active Audience Encoding-Decoding The Nationwide Audience Watching Dallas Online Fans Fandom Ideology and Resistance Television Audiences and Cultural Identity The Export of Meaning Localizing the Global Audiences, Space and Identity Family Space and Global Space The Globalization of Television The Political Economy of Global Television Synergy and Television Ownership Deregulation and Reregulation Global Electronic Culture Media Imperialism Regionalization The Global and the Local Global Postmodern Culture Consumer Culture Hyperreality and TV Simulations Creative Consumption When TV's Not on the Telly Summary 11. Digital Media Culture Digital Media Digital Divides Cyberutopia Information Bomb Cyberspace and Democracy The Democratic Vision Intertextual Hypertext Web 2:0 Participation 'We Can Be Heroes' Cyberactivism Meme Wars The Limitations to Cyber Democracy Cyber Capitalism Intellectual Property Creative Commons Democracy in the Balance Computer Gaming Research Paths Addicted to Games Gaming and Identity Cyberspace Race Playing Multiple Identities Cyberfeminism Cyborg Manifesto Representation and Regulation Women on the Internet The Global Economy of Cyberspace The Information Economy Private Space Convergence and the Mobile Phone The Mobile Phone Digital Imperialism Chapter 12: Cultural Space and Urban Place Space and Place in Contemporary Theory Time-Geography Time-Space Space and Place The Social Construction of Place Gendered Space The Multiple Spaces of Lagos Cities as Places Rural Cultural Studies The Chicago School Criticisms of Urban Studies Political Economy and the Global City Capitalism and The Urban Environment Global Cities The Post-Industrial Global City The Symbolic Economy of Cities Cultural Economics The Creative Industries The Rise of the Creative Class Privatizing Public Space The Public Culture of Private Elites Disney: Fantasy and Surveillance The Postmodern City Postmodern Urbanization Urban Change: Suburbs and Edge Cities Urban Unrest Fortress LA The Excitement of the City Cyberspace and the City Electronic Urban Networks The Informational City The Virtual City Electronic Homes in Global Space The City as Text Classified Spaces The City Which Is Not One Chapter 13: Youth, Style and Resistance The Emergence of Youth Youth as Moratorium Youth as Cultural Classification The Ambiguity of Youth Trouble and Fun Youth Subcultures Subterranean Values Magical Solutions Homologies Motorbike Boys Resistance Through Rituals The Double Articulation of Youth Skinheads and the Reinvention of Class Signs of Style Critiques of Subcultural Theory Youthful Difference: Class, Gender, Race The Self-Damnation of the Working Class Gendered Youth Another Space for Girls Racialized Youth The Artifice of Black Hair Space: A Global Youth Culture? Rapping and Raving Around the Globe Syncretic Global Youth Global Youth Online Japanese Anime Fandom Pro-ana Online Communities After Subcultures Media Spotlights Media Devils and Subcultural Hero(in)es Postmodernism: The End of Authenticity Postmodern Bricoleurs Claims to Authenticity Distinctions of Taste Creative Consumption Common Culture Resistance Revisited Resistance is Conjunctural Resistance as Defence Inside the Whale Hiding in the Light Tactics and Strategies Banality in Cultural Studies Resistance: The Normative Stance of Cultural Critics Chapter 14: Cultural Politics and Cultural Policy Cultural Studies and Cultural Politics Naming as Cultural Politics Cultural Politics: The Influence of Gramsci Winning Hegemony The Role of Intellectuals Cultural Studies as a Political Project Gramscian Texts The Cultural Politics of Difference New Languages of Cultural Politics The Politics of Articulation No Class-Belonging The 'Cut' in Language Difference, Ethnicity and the Politics of Representation Invisibility and Namelessness Positive Images Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism The Politics of Representation Difference, Citizenship and the Public Sphere Habermas and the Public Sphere The Democratic Tradition Radical Democracy Questioning Cultural Studies The Critique of Cultural Populism A Multiperspectival Approach The Circuit of Culture The Cultural Policy Debate Redirecting the Cultural Studies Project Governmentality Culture and Power Foucault or Gramsci? Policy and the Problem of Values Shifting the Command Metaphors of Cultural Studies The Horizon of the Thinkable Criticism and Policy Neo-Pragmatism and Cultural Studies Pragmatism and Cultural Studies Richard Rorty: Politics Without Foundations Anti-Representationalism Anti-Foundationalism Contingency, Irony, Solidarity Truth as Social Commendation Forging New Languages Prophetic Pragmatism Private Identities and Public Politics The Implications of Pragmatism for Cultural Studies Glossary: The Language-Game of Cultural Studies

About the Author

Chris Barker is 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.


Chris Barker is a trustworthy field guide for those new to cultural studies. His book is a treasure trove of techniques and productive questions; it is an encyclopaedia of the terms, concepts and authors at the centre of cultural studies. It is a work of reference and a practical tool-kit - jump in and set it to work
Ben Highmore
Reader in Media Studies, University of Sussex This new edition of Cultural Studies offers a timely engagement with important ideas, questions and debates in this fast-developing field. Remarkable in the breadth of its coverage, it is written with passion and insight. It will be warmly welcomed by students interested in how theory can help us to think through the complexities of real-world issues
Stuart Allan
Professor of Journalism, Bournemouth University Chris Barker's Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice has been for many years one of the best guides to and overviews of a broad range of the issues and theories that constitute cultural studies. In addition, Barker provides his own conception, with a wink toward Wittgenstein, of cultural studies as a 'language game.' For those who want to be prepped to play the game of cultural studies, this is the book to read
Douglas Kellner
UCLA, author of Guys and Guns Amok and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy

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