Culture and Society: An Introduction to Cultural Studies

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SAGE, Dec 7, 2006 - Social Science - 256 pages
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"Too often cultural studies discourse seems cut off from wider developments in social theory. As a sociologist with a strong cultural studies sensibility, David Oswell is ideally placed to put this right. Through a series of well-judged and historically nuanced readings of cultural, social theory and critical philosophy, this book provides just the bridge between cultural studies and wider debates that we need"
- Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science

David Oswell has written a comprehensive introduction to cultural studies that guides the reader through the field's central foundations and its freshest ideas. This book:

  • Grounds the reader in the foundations of cultural studies and cultural theory: language and semiology, ideology and power, mass and popular culture.
  • Analyzes the central problems: identity, body, economy, globalization and empire.
  • Introduces the latest developments on materiality, agency, technology and nature.

Culture and Society is an invaluable guide for students navigating the dynamic debates and intellectual challenges of cultural studies. Its breadth and unparalleled coverage of theory will also ensure that it is read by anyone interested in questions of materiality and culture.

 

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Contents

From the Beginning
1
From Representation to Translation
13
From Ideology to Government
41
From People to Multitude
74
Between Subject and Object
103
Between Nature and Technology
131
Between Structure and Network
157
Between Globe and Empire
183
By Way of a Conclusion
209
Bibliography
226
Index
238
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About the author (2006)

David Oswell is Director of Research in the internally renowned Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Pleasure Principles: Explorations in Politics, Sexuality and Ethics (Lawrence & Wishart, 1993), Television, Childhood and the Home: A History of the Making of the Child Television Audience in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2002), Culture and Society: An Introduction to Cultural Studies (SAGE, 2006), The Sociology of Childhood (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and various articles in academic journals and edited collections. His current research is focused on culture, governmentality, and the built, natural and immaterial environment.

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