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Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman (Culture, Media & Identities) Paperback – 28 Nov 1996


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (28 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761954023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761954026
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stuart Hall was born and raised in Jamaica and arrived in Britain on a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford in 1950. In 1958, he left his PhD on Henry James to found the New Left Review, which did much to open a debate about immigration and the politics of identity. Along with Raymond Williams and Richard Hoggart he established the first Cultural Studies programme at a British university in Birmingham in 1964, bringing the study of popular culture into the understanding of political and social change.

After spending more than four decades as one of the UK’s leading public intellectuals, Hall retired from formal academic life in 1997 and since then has continued to devote himself to questions of representation, creativity and difference. He became the chair of two foundations, Iniva, the Institute of International Visual Arts, and Autograph ABP, which seeks to promote photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds, and championed the opening of Iniva’s new Rivington Place arts complex in east London in 2007.

Keith Negus entered higher education as a mature student, having spent many years playing keyboards and guitar in a variety of bands after leaving school. He gained a degree in Sociology from Middlesex Universit and then completed a PhD study of the acquisition, production and promotion of recording artists at SouthBank University. He subsequently taught at the Universities of Leicester and Puerto Rico and was based in the Department of Media and Communications prior to moving the Department of Music at Goldsmiths. He is Director of the Popular Music Research Unit, convenor of BMus Popular Music, convenor of the MA Music (Popular Music Research) and a coordinating editor of Popular Music (Cambridge University Press).

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sunstarsclouds on 26 Sept. 2003
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The first of 6 book series for the Open University D318 course - Culture, Media and Identities. This book introduces the student to a unique framework of cultural analysis - Stuart Hall's "Circuit of Culture" which is made up of 5 moments - Representation, Identity, Production, Consumption and Regulation. The "circuit" borrows from Raymond Williams dynamic definitions of culture. All moments are "articulated" and meaning becomes the result of the interactions between all 5 moments.

du Gay analyzes a material cultural artefact (the Sony Walkman) in each of those 5 moments, introducing several sociological theories. For instance: when he analyzes consumption he introduces 1) the economicist and medico-moralistic theory (mostly Marxist), then the production of consumption theory (Frankfurt school) and, 3) the socio-cultural differentiation theory (Bourdieu).

The whole approach is unique and quite imaginative. This is applied sociology at its best. The framework is there for you to use in your own work. I have no doubts in my mind that the Sociology department of the Open University offers one of the most practical and interesting approaches to teaching. The other approach - first learn the theory is the traditional approach followed by most universities. The "circuit of culture" framework is probably the best there is.
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By LL on 21 Feb. 2013
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It had some notes inside it, so not as good as new, but a good book to introduce you to the basics of cultural studies.
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some mark, but fair eought 1 Feb. 2013
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the book i bought is not bad regarding the price, had some mark on it, overall it is not bad
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