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What's Become of Cultural Studies?

What's Become of Cultural Studies?

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This original, sharp, and engaging book draws the reader into a compelling exploration of cultural studies in the twenty-first century.

It offers a level-headed account of where cultural studies has come from, the methodological and theoretical dilemmas that it faces today, and an agenda for its future development. In an age in which the relevance of cultural studies has been called into question, this book seeks to generate debate. Focusing upon the actual practice of cultural studies within higher education today, it asks whether or not cultural studies has really managed to maintain a connection with its original political and ethical mission and comments on the strategies needed to regain the initiative.

Written by a world class figure in cultural studies, each chapter supports and guides the reader by introducing the key issues, reviewing the relevant commentary, and offering a critical conclusion of how each theme fits into a bigger picture.

This timely and provocative consideration of cultural studies as a global discipline will be essential reading for academics and students working in the field for years to come.
Introduction: Practising Cultural Studies Today
Chapter 1: The Achievements of Cultural Studies
The Institution of Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies and...

Chapter 2: The 'Un-Discipline': Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinarity
Being 'Undisciplined'

The Limits of Interdisciplinarity

So, What Next....

Chapter 3: Teaching Cultural Studies
The Marginalization of Teaching

Cultural Studies 101

Old News and Bad News

Chapter 4: Unintended Consequences: Convergence Culture, New Media Studies and Creative Industries
The Return of Cultural Populism

Convergence Culture, Cultural Studies and The Curriculum

Two Stories

Chapter 5: Internationalizing Cultural Studies: From Diaspora to Indigeneity
From Diaspora to Indigeneity

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

Chapter 6: Does Cultural Studies Have a Future?
Cultural Studies and the Public Good

An Interdisciplinary Lingua Franca


Graeme Turner is the leading chronicler of cultural studies. In this refreshing book, he addresses some tricky questions about the development and fate of the field, defending cultural studies as a discipline against not only its detractors but also erstwhile participants who have succumbed to the pressures of instrumentalism and drifted off into less critical territory. What's Become of Cultural Studies? takes stock and establishes grounds for renewal
Jim McGuigan
Loughborough University

Graeme Turner is one of the most remarkable figures in the world of cultural studies. He has helped to make and remake the field over the last twenty-five years. So when he sets his alarm clock--and it goes off loudly--we all know it's time to pay attention. This extraordinary testament to what is right and wrong with cultural studies today will reverberate across the globe
Toby Miller
University of California - author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention

A highly provocative text that provides an argument that could be an excellent basis for essay questions.

Dr Dave O'Brien
Dept of Cultural Policy & Management, City University
August 11, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Graeme Turner

Graeme Turner is ARC Federation Fellow, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. He is one of the key figures in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an outstanding international reputation in the field. His work is used in many disciplines—cultural and media studies, communications, history, literary studies, and film and television studies—and it has been translated into eight languages. More About Author

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