Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice

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SAGE, Dec 12, 2011 - Social Science - 584 pages
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"Chris Barker is a trustworthy field guide for those new to cultural studies."
- Ben Highmore, University of Sussex

"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, Bournemouth University

"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... For those who want to be prepped to play the game of cultural studies, this is the book to read."
- Douglas Kellner, UCLA

Building upon the scope and authority of previous editions this book represents a definitive benchmark in understanding and applying the foundations of cultural studies. it provides those new to the field with an authoritative introduction to everything they need to know.

An indispensible resource for any student or lecturer it is packed with concise, accessible definitions, clear chapter summaries, inspiring student activities, biographical snapshots of key figures and a full glossary. With updates to every chapter and many more practical examples, this new edition includes:
  • New material on social media, subcultures and climate change
  • Improved coverage of digital cultures, digital media, digital games and the virtual city
  • A comprehensive companion website providing student exercises, global case-studies, essay questions and links to relevant SAGE journal articles. Visit

This is the perfect book for any student needing a vibrant, comprehensive introduction to cultural studies. An essential companion for all undergraduate students embarking on a cultural studies course or module.


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1 An Introduction to Cultural Studies
2 Questions of Culture and Ideology
The Linguistic Turn in Cultural Studies
4 Biology the Body and Culture
The Changing Context of Cultural Studies
5 A New World Disorder?
6 Enter Postmodernism
7 Issues of Subjectivity and Identity
10 Television Texts and Audiences
11 Digital Media Culture
12 Cultural Space and Urban Place
13 Youth Style and Resistance
14 Cultural Politics and Cultural Policy

8 Ethnicity Race and Nation
9 Sex Subjectivity and Representation

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About the author (2011)

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.

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