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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (22 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761961003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761961000
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Deborah Chambers is a Reader in Sociology of Culture and Communication, Department of English and Media Studies, at Nottingham Trent University.

My research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and ideas is reshaping the world. Most of the work I have done so far has focused on how people experience and negotiate globalisation, especially as they move as gendered workers in sectors where the 'knowledge' of global knowledge societies is embodied and embedded: sectors such as medicine, education and the IT sector. The mobility and meanings of goods is an area I have explored in my work on Asian women and fashion. In the future I would like to examine how these mobilities are underlain by ideas such as developmentalism in order to explore how they reproduce, alter and challenge gendered subjectivities of migrants. My key concern here is to understand the implications of these ways of thinking for class and race politics and the ways in which postcolonial theory can provide a route into such thinking. Alongside these issues I have also kept up an interest in methodological and epistemological issues.

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I had come across many citations about this text and looked it up. I really wish it had been published at the start of my PhD study, but I have found it even now extremely valuable to help work through ways of thinking about organising cultural studies research from multiple perspectives. This is a text that can guide dissertation level students, postgraduates and more experienced researchers.
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De-Politicization of Cultural Studies 16 May 2014
By Ulrich Gdhler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written for advanced students preparing their Master thesis and looking for methodological aid. The book is down to earth and explains the approach of Cultural Studies without much philosophical terminology and without referring to “Theory”. The book is clearly oriented towards a hermeneutical and ethnographic approach. Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur are the most mentioned philosophers. Theory is about making the pre-theories more explicit and open to challenge.
Dorothy Hobson’s “Crossroads” is the model of Cultural Studies. Methods and techniques for an ethnographic approach are described in details and explicated with several checklists. The main methodological idea is the “Cultural Cycle”, a model based upon Stuart Hall’s “Coding/Decoding” paper and elaborated in Du Gay and Stuart Hall’s “Story of the Sony Walkman”. Johnson and his co-authors explain that the classic voice of science bids for authority by showing the detachment of the researcher. This will not work in cultural studies, where the autobiographical is pivotal.
The chapters on Structuralist reading of the text are less elaborated and Post-Structuralist deconstruction is lacking. Gender theory and analysis of racism are almost absent in the book. Gramsci’s notion of hegemony is mentioned but not explicated.
The authors deal with problems of multi-disciplinarity. Geography, History and Economics all had their own cultural turn. Cultural studies can work with geographical tools and concepts such as mapping, boundaries and borders. Cultural Studies can even understand economic life itself as a process of representation, signification or discursive construction. The authors advocate an eclectic combination of methods.
Richard Johnson is the former director of the CCCS after the demission of Stuart Hall. His co-authors are professors at the Open University, Newcastle and Bristol University.
The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies aimed at overcoming academic elitism and was part of a general move towards democratization and modernization of Britain in the 60s and 70s. After 1968 Cultural Studies became an interlocutor of the new social movements and Marxism. Students at the CCCS were engaged in collective projects. The authors of the CCCS study “Policing the Crisis” for example understood their project as a political intervention. The CCCS was dissolved in the Thatcher years, but “Cultural Studies” were institutionalized as a subject of study in numerous universities and across the pond. “Cultural Studies” developed from new paradigm to normal science.
This book describes the history of cultural studies as an academic selective tradition. The influence of Structuralism and Post-Structuralism is presented as a shift in the notion of culture from the culture of a class or nation in Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams to a deeper theoretical understanding of cultural formations due to the works of Althusser, Gramsci and Stuart Hall. The historical context of the 1970s and the victory of Thatcherism are not mentioned at all. The debate with Marxism is scarcely mentioned. The Feminist invasion of Cultural Studies is not dealt with. This book shows Cultural Studies has been institutionalized and depoliticized.
Five Stars 23 Oct 2014
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Love the book. Excellent resource.
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