December 2006, Polity
This lively and assured book provides a concise and authoritative critical guide to Cultural Studies. It demonstrates that the field has moved through four moments': the National/Popular, the Textual/Representational, Global/Post Essentialism and Governmentality/Policy. It illustrates the meaning of each of these moments by a discussion of representative texts and concrete examples from popular culture. As such, it achieves a novel and accessible account of the origins and development of the field.
The book also shows how the readers personal experience can be systematically situated in cultural forces and used as a resource to clarify how culture works, through the analysis of on-location practice, embodiment, emplacement and context. Packed with illuminating examples, and a clear and compelling prose style, the book is the antidote to abstract, hazy accounts of the meaning and value of Cultural Studies. It is the ideal text for readers new to the field, but it will also be appreciated by established practitioners as good to think with.
1 Culture Counts
2 Doing Cultural Studies
3 Culture Is Structured Like a Language
4 Zeroing-In On Culture
5 The Four ‘Moments’ In Cultural Studies
6 Situating Yourself In Culture
7 Cultural Distortion
8 Neat Capitalism
9 Neat Publishing
10 Conclusion: The "Long March" of the Cultural Imaginary
- A high quality, authoritative introductory cultural studies
textbook from a leading figure in the field.
- Packed full of contemporary examples to bring cultural studies
to life for beginning students at any level.
- Clear and accessible for students but nuanced and novel enough
to appeal to lecturers too.
- Highly adoptable on a range of introductory courses: cultural
studies, cultural theory and popular culture.
- Part of the prestigious Polity Short Introductions series, known for masterly overviews by some of the leading academics of our time.
Professor Stuart Allan, University of the West of
"Chris Rojek has for decades worked on the cutting edge of
cultural studies. His book Cultural Studies presents an
excellent introduction to the field; case studies in how to do
cultural studies; an overview of significant moments and debates in
the field; and the articulation of original categories and insights
that should be of use to beginning students and seasoned scholars
Douglas Kellner, University of California-Los Angeles