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Doing Cultural Theory

Doing Cultural Theory

352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Doing Cultural Theory is a textbook and a toolkit that teaches the basics of cultural theory, unpacks its complexities with real-life examples, and shows readers how to link theory and practice.

Key Features

  • Offers accessible introductions to how cultural studies has engaged with key theories in structuralism, poststructuralism and postmodernism
  • Teaches straightforward ways of practicing these theories so students learn to think for themselves
  • Uses 'Practice' boxes to show students how to apply cultural theory in the real world
  • Guides students through the literature with carefully selected further reading recommendations

Other textbooks only show how others have analyzed and interpreted the world. Doing Cultural Theory takes it a step further and teaches students step-by-step how to do cultural theory for themselves.

Introducing Cultural Studies: A Brief Contextual History
Structuralism and the Linguistic Turn: Ferdinand de Saussure
Semiotics: Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes and Stuart Hall
Ideology: Marxism and Louis Althusser
Post-Structuralism: Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida
Doing Deconstruction: Techniques for Practice
Psychoanalysis: Jacques Lacan
Applying Lacan: Techniques for Feminist and other forms of Cultural Analysis
Discourse and Power: Michel Foucault
Gender and Sexuality: Judith Butler
The Postmodern Condition: Daniel Bell, Jean-François Lyotard and J rgen Habermas
Identity and Consumption: Jean Baudrillard
Postmodernism Unplugged: Fredric Jameson
Practising Cultural Studies: Hegemony and Cognitive Mapping
Where to Go from Here: Cognitive Mapping and the Critical Project of Cultural Studies

The tone just wasn't the right "fit" for the course.

Melissa Camacho
Broadcast Electronic Comm Dept, San Francisco State University
October 30, 2013

Nice background to the study of popular culture.

Dr Joanie Willett
Department of Politics, Exeter University
June 24, 2013

This is a challenging but rewarding read for advanced undergraduate, final year students.
It is also an excellent introduction for non-cognate postgraduates entering a media studies programmes. The writing is to a high standard and creates the perfect platform for students to develop their critical skills and engage with the key theorists in the area.

Mr Robbie Smyth
Journalism and Media Communications, Griffith College Dublin
February 24, 2013

The book 'Doing Cultural Theory' is rich in its dicussion of all one needs to know when doing serious and qualitative work in cultural studies. Theory helps authors to navigate the journey they choose to undertake. Thus, this book will be a good companion in such journey - Dr S.E. Usadolo

Dr Sam Usadolo
Department of Communication, University of Fort Hare
December 14, 2012

a fantastic book for all students wanting to broaden horizons into aspects of cultural studies.

Dr Dean-David Holyoake
Nursing , Wolverhampton University
December 10, 2012

Good overviews of cultural theories.

Miss Kati Voigt
Institut für Anglistik, University of Leipzig
October 9, 2012

using a few parts of this book in class, but recommending use for higher seminars -- too advanced for our purposses in this introduction module

Ms Rita Singer
Institut für Anglistik, Universität Leipzig
October 9, 2012

Accesible work which will help undergraduates understand key idea in cultural theory

Dr Richard Smith
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
August 17, 2012

Comprehensive and clear introduction to a complex area. Well-designed and structured.

Dr Julie Scanlon
Humanities , Northumbria University
May 8, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

David Walton

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... More About Author

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