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29 Nov 2007 1412918952 978-1412918954

'An outstanding entry level text aimed at those with little or no cultural studies knowledge... Innovative, creative and clever' - Times Higher Education 

'What a weird and wonderful book. It is the Ronseal of Cultural Studies Literature; it does what it says on the tin... the ideal textbook for Further Education and first year Higher Education Cultural Studies Students. Its quality and character allow the reader to ‘feel’ the enthusiasm of its author which in turn becomes infectious, instilling in the reader a genuine sense of ebullient perturbation’  -Art/Design/Media - The Higher Education Authority

An introduction to the practice of cultural studies, this book is ideal for undergraduate courses. Full of practical exercises that will get students thinking and writing about the issues they encounter, this book offers its readers the conceptual tools to practice cultural analysis for themselves. There are heuristics to help students prepare and write projects, and the book provides plenty of examples to help students develop their own ideas.  

Written in a creative, playful and witty style, this book: 

  • Links key concepts to the key theorists of cultural studies.
  • Includes a wide range of references of popular cultural forms.
  • Emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of cultural studies.
  • Includes pedagogical features, such as dialogues, graphs, images and recommended readings.
  • The book's skills-based approach enables students to develop their creative skills, and shows students how to improve their powers of analysis generally.

To listen to David Walton’s musical response to Adorno's famous essay on jazz, please visit Adorno: Jazz Perennial Fashion . This song accompanies pages 64 to 66 of the book together with a series of questions designed to get readers to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of Adorno's approach.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (29 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412918952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412918954
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An outstanding entry level text aimed at those with little or no cultural studies knowledge... Innovative, creative and clever
THE
Times Higher Education


What a weird and wonderful book. It is the Ronseal of Cultural Studies Literature; it does what it says on the tin... the ideal textbook for Further Education and first year Higher Education Cultural Studies Students... It is also a brilliant revision and essay writing tool for more advanced learners. It is concise, honest and straightforward in its aims and content and witty in its approach... This does not mean however that its content is ‘dumbed down'. It valiantly manages to retain all the highly academic information required for this area of study and does not shy away from using the appropriate terminology and language that Cultural Studies students must familiarise themselves with. The ‘Oversimplification Warnings’, ‘Practice Exercises’, illustrations and ‘Notes’ act as practical or cognitive revision for the body of text rather than as a ‘gutter press’ substitute... this is a highly successful book, in that it has accomplished its intentions, but it is also a motivational book. Its quality and character allow the reader to ‘feel’ the enthusiasm of its author which in turn becomes infectious, instilling in the reader a genuine sense of ebullient perturbation
Art/Design/Media
The Higher Education Authority


It does not attempt to be in any way exhaustive, as it shows a constant awareness of "what's been left out", but, working towards "interpretive independence", it aims to provide students with sufficient notional skills to start doing their own cultural criticism… Like the best cultural studies works, Walton's exhilarating book may leave the student wondering what cultural studies actually is, perhaps undecided about a final definition, but nonetheless confident enough to start practising it
ATLANTIS
Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies


Ideal for courses linked to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) laid down by the Bologna process that is transforming university education in Europe, epecially as the author shows a constant awareness of teaching in terms of developing students' critical competencies
J. Rubén Valdés Miyares
Universidad de Oviedo

About the Author

David Walton has a degree in English Literature (University of Wales 1985) an M.Phil (University of Oxford 1987), a Certificate in Education (University of Greenwich, London 1988), and a TEFL qualification (University of Aston, Birmingham 1987). He was awarded his doctorate in 1992 by the University of Murcia. He began his teaching career in further education in Britain before being contracted as an associate lecturer in the English Department of the University of Murcia in 1989. He became Senior Lecturer in the area of Cultural Studies in 2001 and has promoted the area in Spain for more than ten years. He is one of the founder members of the Culture and Power group which has organized annual conferences in Spain and Portugal every year since 1995 and has contributed to most of the publications to come out of these conferences. He is a founder member and President of the Iberian Association of Cultural Studies (IBACS). He has co-organized conferences on English-speaking cultures and co-organized two International Conferences on cultural studies for IBACS, both held at the Universidad de Murcia. Apart from his undergraduate teaching, he has taught audiovisual translation at M.A. level and has given doctorate courses on the construction of national identity and given many conference papers. He currently teaches cultural studies at undergraduate level and postmodern theory and culture at M.A. level. He has published widely, his publications reflecting his research interests which include literary and cultural theory, cultural studies, popular culture, visual culture and postmodern theories of culture.

His latest books are 'Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning Through Practice' (SAGE, 2008) and 'Doing Cultural Theory' (SAGE, 2012). He has a chapter on Chris Morris' satire which will appear in 'No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris' (edited by James Leggott & Jamie Sexton (Palgrave Macmilan, 2003), and has a number of other chapters which are in print on the interfaces between philosophy and cultural studies and graffiti and popular culture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really unique approach to cultural studies 24 Dec 2007
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This book is fantastic. Expecting yet another 'here's what you should think' textbook, when i bought this, i was really surprised at what a completely different approach it takes. First of all, it's fun- fun to read, and completely original, including the author raising 'ghosts from the past' and even writing a rap! As well as providing a solid theoretical background, the book helps the reader to think about and develop ideas themselves, and encourages and guides the reader in their own creative practice. It's also very well set-out, and includes lots of original and helpful features, like 'oversimplification warnings', help files, and drawings. For anyone studying cultural studies, or even literature, i'd say this is a must buy. Really worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining and educational 19 April 2010
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Whether you are just looking for something to read or you are a student about to start a course on cultural studies, this is your perfect read. This is a thoroughly entertaining book which will not leave anybody flat. While you are learning about cultural studies you can read `interviews with a ghost', personal letters and conversations amongst some of the 'greats' in the field of cultural studies and at the same time, you are being constantly challenged as a reader to think about the themes that the text raises. I totally recommend this book and I truly believe it is one of best books written this decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Apt Subtitle 2 Mar 2008
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Dr.David Walton's book `Cultural Studies'extends way beyond Hoggart's survey of working class culture to encompass the origins of Jazz, Rap and even the language of texting, bringing `The Uses of Literacy' bang up to date. While the book is a serious reflection of cultural trends the text is written in a very approachable and friendly style . It guides both the committed student and the layman through a maze of difficult concepts with extreme clarity illustrating trends through humorous dialogues between imaginary characters such as Jekyll and Hyde etc. A range of literary anecdotes abound. This is a book which gives depth and understanding across literary, social and political fields while directing the reader to further their own knowledge by providing useful practical exercises and references. No student should be without a copy of `Introducing Cultural Studies' Margaret Gill, former lecturer in English Studies.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on cultural studies I have read. 2 Sep 2011
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Whether you are just looking for something to read or you are a student about to start a course on cultural studies, this is your perfect read. This is a thoroughly entertaining book which will not leave anybody flat. While you are learning about cultural studies you can read `interviews with a ghost', personal letters and conversations amongst some of the 'greats' in the field of cultural studies and at the same time, you are being constantly challenged as a reader to think about the themes that the text raises. I totally recommend this book and I truly believe it is one of best books written this decade.
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