The Practice of Cultural Studies

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SAGE, May 25, 2004 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
`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.

 

Contents

Introduction
1
Time please Historical perspectives
7
disciplines and dialogues
9
from pluralism to combination
26
Method and the researching self
44
moments and strategies
62
Settings
85
Make space Spatial dimensions in cultural research
104
Reading texts of or for dominance
170
Reading fictions reading histories
187
Meetings
201
interpretation and cultural readings
225
Reading for structure and context
233
particular strategies
239
157
247
In conclusion
269

Thinking about time
119
Culture power and economy
135
Reading as method method as reading
153

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About the author (2004)

Richard A. Johnson is Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Missouri State University. Richard has taught Management Information Systems, Operating Systems, Networking, Visual Basic and Java programming, and Web application development for the past ten years. Richard is also the author of Java Programming and Object-Oriented Application Development also published by Thomson Course Technology.