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A Companion to Cultural Studies

Toby Miller (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4175-8
608 pages
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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Experts from five continents provide a thorough exploration of cultural studies, looking at different ideas, places and problems addressed by the field.

  • Brings together the latest work in cultural studies and provides a synopsis of critical trends
  • Showcases thirty contributors from five continents
  • Addresses the key topics in the field, the relationship of cultural studies to other disciplines, and cultural studies around the world
  • Offers a gritty introduction for the neophyte who is keen to find out what cultural studies is, and covers in-depth debates to satisfy the appetite of the advanced scholar
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography and a listing of cultural studies websites
  • Now available in paperback for the course market.
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Table of Contents

1. What it is and what it isn't: Introducing . . . Cultural Studies: Toby Miller.

Part I: Disciplines:.

2. Interdisciplinarity: Mark Gibson, Murdoch University and Alec McHoul, Murdoch University.

3. Is There a Cultural Studies of Law?: Rosemary Coombe, University of Toronto and York University.

4. The Renewal of the Cultural in Sociology: Randy Martin, New York University.

5. Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Disciplinary Boundaries: Frank Webster, University of Birmingham.

6. Notes on the Traffic Between Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies: Marianne de Laet, California Institute of Technology.

7. Political Economy within Cultural Studies: Richard Maxwell, Queens College, CUNY.

8. Cultural Studies and Philosophy: An Intervention: Douglas Kellner, UCLA.

9. "X" Never, Ever Marks the Spot: Archaeology and Cultural Studies: Silke Morgenroth.

10. The Unbalanced Reciprocity Between Cultural Studies and Anthropology: George E. Marcus, Rice University.

11. Media Studies and Cultural Studies: A Symbiotic Convergence: John Nguyet Erni, University of New Hampshire.

Part II: Places:.

12. Comparative Cultural Studies Traditions: Latin America and the U.S.: George Yudice, New York University.

13. Can Cultural Studies Speak Spanish?: Jorge Mariscal, University of California - San Diego.

14. Australasia: Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, Australia.

15. Peripheral Vision: Chinese Cultural Studies in Hong Kong: Eric Kit-wai Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

16. Decentering the Centre: Cultural Studies in Britain and its Legacy: Ben Carrington, University of Brighton.

17. European Cultural Studies: Paul Moore, University of Ulster.

Part III: Issues:.

18. Let's Get Serious: Notes on Teaching Youth Culture: Justin Lewis, Cardiff University.

19. Looking Backwards and Forwards at Cultural Studies: Paul Smith, University of Sussex.

20. Close Encounters: Sport, Science, and Political Culture: C. L. Cole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

21. Intellectuals, Culture, Policy: The Practical and the Critical: Tony Bennett, Open University.

22. Listening to the State: Culture, Power, and Cultural Policy in Colombia: Ana Mara Ochoa Gautier, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

23. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk: Andrea Fraser.

24. The Scandalous Fall of Feminism and the "First Black President": Melissa Deem, University of Iowa.

25. Rap and Feng Shui: On Ass Politics, Cultural Studies, and the Timbaland Sound: Jason King, New York University.

26. Fashion: Sarah Berry.

27. Cultural Studies and Race: Robert Stam, New York University.

28. Globalization and Culture: Toby Miller, New York University and Geoffrey Lawrence, Central Queensland University, Australia.

29. "Cricket, with a Plot": Nationalism, Cricket, and Diasporic Identities: Suvendrini Perera, University of Sri Lanka.

Part IV: Sources:.

30. Bibliographical Resources for Cultural Studies: Toby Miller, NYU.


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Author Information

Toby Miller is Professor in the Departments of English, Sociology, and Women’s Studies, and Director of the University’s Program in Film and Visual Culture, at the University of California, Riverside.

He is co-editor, with Robert Stam, of Blackwell's Film & Theory: An Anthology (2000) and A Companion to Film Theory (2000), and is the author of a wide range of work in cultural studies including Technologies of Truth (1998), Popular Culture and Everyday Life (1998), and Globalization and Sport (2001). He is also co-editor of the journal Social Text and editor of the journal Television Studies and New Media.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Provides a magisterial overview of the field of cultural studies

  • Showcases thirty writers from five continents

  • Considers what cultural studies is and what it is not

  • Includes a comprehensive bibiliography and a listing of cultural studies websites
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“A remarkably impressive and international collection… beautifully captures the restlessness, the malleability, and the theoretical flexibility of cultural studies, while exposing some of its limitations and failings… a provocative, readable and useful collection.” Media International Australia

“Topics and methods of the global contributors are diverse and imaginative... readable and accessible to uninitiated outsiders and curious onlookers.” Choice

“A handy resource in which any university or college interested in contemporary cultural studies will want to invest.” European Journal of Communication

“Well organized.” Times Higher Education Supplement

“An expansive volume… beneficial for the experienced student or teacher, and an appropriate enough introduction for the novice.” Design Issues

“Timely… Strong on recommended source materials, with good stuff in each section, and a bibliographical section at the end. For the money, then, you would get a well-informed check-list of key works written/published over the last few decades… The case for making cultural studies more political, economic, and policy-related is well put.” Reference Reviews

“Monumental… an excellent place to start exploring conundrums surrounding the vexed institutional and academic location of cultural studies… a sustained, diverse, contentious set of reflections of what cultural studies might do, where, and how… [It] stunningly illustrates the interdisciplinarity of the field… a rich collection.” American Anthropologist

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