In itself a contentious category, 'theoretical humanities' represents the productive nexus of work in the disciplinary fields of literary criticism and theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. The journal is dedicated to the refreshing of intellectual coordinates, and to the challenging and vivifying process of re-thinking. It welcomes particularly articles on the relationships among the new literatures and between the new and the established literatures. The journal features critical inquiry that cuts across academic boundaries to focus on social, political, and cultural practices from the standpoint of communication.
Characteristics[ edit ] In his book, Introducing Cultural Studies, Ziauddin Sardar lists the following five main characteristics of cultural studies: For example, a study of a subculture such as white working class youth in London would consider their social practices against those of the dominant culture in this example, the middle and upper classes in London who control the political and financial sectors that create policies affecting the well-being of white working class youth in London.
The objective of cultural studies includes understanding Cultural studies in all its complex forms and analyzing the social and political context in which culture manifests itself. Cultural studies attempts to expose and reconcile constructed divisions of knowledge that purport to be grounded in nature.
Cultural studies has a commitment Cultural studies an ethical evaluation of modern society and to a radical line of political action. History[ edit ] As Dennis Dworkin writes,  "a critical moment" in the beginning of cultural studies as a field was when Richard Hoggart used the term in in founding the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies CCCS at the University of Birmingham in the UK, which was to become home for the development of the intellectual orientation that has become known internationally as the "Birmingham School" of cultural studies.
Many cultural studies scholars employed Marxist methods of analysis, exploring the relationships between cultural forms the superstructure and that of the political economy the base.
By the s, the work of Louis Althusser radically rethought the Marxist account of "base" and "superstructure" in ways that had a significant influence on the "Birmingham School. Also during the 70s, the politically formidable British working classes were in decline.
Yet millions of working class Britons backed the rise of Margaret Thatcher. Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left  and New Times: The Changing Face of Politics in the s.
Also by the late s, cultural studies had begun to attract a great deal of international attention. It spread globally throughout the s and 90s.
As it did so, it both encountered new conditions of knowledge production, and engaged with other major international intellectual currents such as poststructuralism, postmodernism and postcolonialism. Developments outside the UK[ edit ] In the US, prior to the emergence of British Cultural Studies, several versions of cultural analysis had emerged largely from pragmatic and liberal-pluralist philosophical traditions.
A thriving cultural studies scene has existed in Australia since the late s, when several key CS practitioners emigrated there from the UK, taking British Cultural Studies with them, after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the UK in A school of cultural studies known as "cultural policy studies" is one of the distinctive Australian contributions to the field, though it is not the only one.
In Canadacultural studies has sometimes focused on issues of technology and societycontinuing the emphasis in the work of Marshall McLuhanHarold Innisand others.
Cultural studies journals based in Canada include Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. In Africa, human rights and Third World issues are among the central topics treated. Even though cultural studies developed much more rapidly in the UK than in continental Europe, there is a significant cultural studies presence in countries such as France, Spain and Portugal.
The field is relatively undeveloped in Germany, probably due to the continued influence of the Frankfurt Schoolwhich is now often said to be in its third generation, which includes notable figures such as Axel Honneth. In Germany, the term cultural studies specifically refers to the field in the Anglo-sphere especially British Cultural Studies  to differentiate it from the German Kulturwissenschaft which developed along different lines and is characterized by its distance from political science.
However, Kulturwissenschaft and cultural studies are often used interchangeably, particularly by lay persons. Throughout Asia, cultural studies has boomed and thrived since at least the beginning of the s.
Issues, concepts and approaches[ edit ] Marxism, feminism, race and culture[ edit ] As noted above, Marxism has been an important influence upon cultural studies. Those associated with CCCS initially engaged deeply with the structuralism of Louis Althusserand later in the s turned decisively toward Antonio Gramsci.
Cultural studies has also embraced the examination of race, gender, and other aspects of identity, as is illustrated, for example, by a number of key books published collectively under the name of CCCS in the late s and early 80s, including Women Take Issue: Race and Racism in 70s Britain Gramsci had been concerned with similar issues: What strategic approach is necessary to mobilize popular support in more progressive directions?
Gramsci modified classical Marxismand argued that culture must be understood as a key site of political and social struggle. In his view, capitalists used not only brute force police, prisons, repression, military to maintain control, but also penetrated the everyday culture of working people in a variety of ways in their efforts to win popular "consent.Literary Theory "Literary theory" is the body of ideas and methods we use in the practical reading of literature.
By literary theory we refer not to the meaning of a work of literature but to the theories that reveal what literature can mean. Chapter. 1. Cultural Studies, Multiculturalism, and Media Culture 9.
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Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine This Reader is an exciting panorama of over forty examples of the best writing in American Cultural Studies. It introduces vital concepts, arguments, theories, and disciplinary debates. Lateral, the Journal of the CSA. Lateral is our publishing platform for essays, art, software, and other interventions into cultural studies.
for cultural studies research on those material practices. That is, research on cultural intermediaries’ impact on the formation of value for particular products or practices offers a window onto the contested construction of cultural legitimacy more broadly: a.