The Practice of Cultural Studies

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SAGE, Apr 14, 2004 - Social Science - 312 pages
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`This is a tour de force... It combines luminous discussion of the core conceptual issues of cultural studies, with a hard-headed, practical sense of how research in the field gets done. The result is a seriously smart, comprehensive survey of the whole terrain of cultural studies itself. This is a book on methods which readers will be able to make their own; and which -- uniquely in the genre -- will keep them buzzing' -

Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary University of London

'The Practice of Cultural Studies is an original introduction to the field. It offers a sophisticated "how-to" guide to doing research in cultural studies. From the difficulties of formulating a problem to the unique articulations of specific methodologies in cultural studies, students will find this book both useful and challenging' - Professor Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina

What is distinctive about cultural research? How does one do Cultural Studies? Unlike many other disciplines, cultural studies has not been explict about the nature of its practice. This book aims to redress the balance in favour of those who are studying culture by providing a comprehensive guide to researching and writing. Based on the methods course at Nottingham Trent and addressed to advanced undergraduates, Masters Level students and those just commencing a PhD, this book aims to provide an overview of specific research traditions in cultural studies, whilst also situating those traditions in their historical context.

The Practice of Cultural Studies:

Identifies the main methods of researching culture

Demonstrates how theory can inform and enable the practice of research

Explores the ways in which research practices and methods both produce and are produced by knowledge

Looks at the implications of the 'cultural turn' for disciplines other than cultural studies

The Practice of Cultural Studies will be an essential text for students of cultural studies and a useful guide to others studying culture in a range of disciplinary contexts across the humanities and social sciences.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Groundings
7
disciplines and dialogues
9
from pluralism to combination
26
Chapter 3 Method and the researching self
44
moments and strategies
62
Settings
85
Chapter 5 Theory in the practice of research
87
from structure to context
157
Chapter 10 Reading texts of or for dominance
170
Chapter 11 Reading fictions reading histories
187
Meetings
201
from autobiography to ethnography
205
interpretation and cultural readings
225
from audience research to studying subjectivities
243
In conclusion
269

Chapter 6 Make space Spatial dimensions in cultural research
104
Chapter 7 Time please Historical perspectives
119
Chapter 8 Culture power and economy
135
Readings
153

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About the author (2004)

Deborah Chambers is a Reader in Sociology of Culture and Communication, Department of English and Media Studies, at Nottingham Trent University.

My research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and ideas is reshaping the world. Most of the work I have done so far has focused on how people experience and negotiate globalisation, especially as they move as gendered workers in sectors where the 'knowledge' of global knowledge societies is embodied and embedded: sectors such as medicine, education and the IT sector. The mobility and meanings of goods is an area I have explored in my work on Asian women and fashion. In the future I would like to examine how these mobilities are underlain by ideas such as developmentalism in order to explore how they reproduce, alter and challenge gendered subjectivities of migrants. My key concern here is to understand the implications of these ways of thinking for class and race politics and the ways in which postcolonial theory can provide a route into such thinking. Alongside these issues I have also kept up an interest in methodological and epistemological issues.

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