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The Polity Reader in Cultural Theory



The Polity Reader in Cultural Theory

Polity (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-745-61208-9 January 1994 Polity 320 Pages

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The field of cultural and media studies is one of the most important and rapidly developing areas in the social sciences and humanities today. This new text provides an overview of some of the key issues and debates in the field. The book is designed in such a way that it can be used either as a supplement to other texts or as an integral volume in itself.

Among the topics covered are: theories of media, communication and ideology; the influence of electronic communication; popular and high culture; the interpretation of art and literature; the impact of feminism in cultural studies; advertising and the consumer culture; and theories of modernism and postmodernism. The contributors include many of the major figures involved in current debates, including Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Peter Burger, Mary-Ann Caws, Joanne Finkelstein, Jürgen Habermas, Stuart Hall, J. F. Lyotard, John B. Thompson, Janet Wolff and others.

Part I: Theoretical Considerations:.

1. Social Theory, Mass Communication and Public Life:.

John Thompson.

2. Saussure and the Origin of Semiotics:.

Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress.

3. The Field of Cultural Production: Pierre Bourdieu.

4. Critique of Commodity Aesthetics: W. F. Haug.

5. Critical Theory and the Consumer Society: Douglas Kellner.

6. The Emergence of the Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas.

7. The Theory of the Public Sphere:.

A Critical Appraisal: John Thompson.

8. The Dynamics of Electronic Networks: G. J. Mulgan.

9. The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media:.

Jean Baudrillard.

10. The Question of Cultural Identity: Stuart Hall.

11. Baudrillard and TV Ads: Mark Poster.

12. Postmodernist Sensibility: Scott Lash and John Urry.

13. The Decline of Modernism: Peter Burger.

Part II: Media Representation:.

14. Media Sport: John Hargreaves.

15. Ten Theses on Children and Television:.

Bob Hodge and David Tripp.

16. The Emergence of the Consumer Society: Robert Bocock.

17. Women and Soap Opera: Christine Geraghty.

18. Feminist Romance: Anne Cranny-Francis.

19. The Invisable Flaneuse:.

Women and the Literature of Modernity: Janet Wolff.

20. The Myth of Marilyn Monroe: Graham McCann.

Part III: Reading Popular Culture:.

21. A Message from Kakania:.

Freud, Music, Criticism: Malcom Bowie.

22. The Analysis of Popular Music: John Shepherd.

23. Music for Pleasure: Simon Frith.

24. Comic Subversions:.

Comedy as Strategy in Feminist Theatre: Lizbeth Goodman.

25. Gilbert and Sullivan:.

The Making and Unmaking of a British 'Tradition': David Cannadine.

26. The Great Reception:.

Surrealism and Kandinsky's Inner Eye: Mary Ann Caws.

27. Barthes on Theatre: Michael Moriarty.

28. Fashion, Taste and Eating Out: Joanne Finkelstein.

29. The Sublime and the Avant Garde: Jean Francois Lyotard.

30. The Exorcist and The Omen or Modern and Postmodern Limits to Knowledge: Zygmunt Bauman.

'An incisive contribution to the history of ideas and their relation to social and political change.' The Tribune (India)
* A comprehensive and up-to-date collection.
* Designed as an introductory text for students.
* Contains readings from the leading figures in the field.
* Contains an introduction and explanatory materials for each main section of the book.