David Oswell has written a comprehensive introduction to cultural studies that guides the reader through the field's central foundations and its freshest ideas. This book:
- grounds the reader in the foundations of cultural studies and cultural theory: language and semiology, ideology and power, mass and popular culture;
- analyzes the central problems: identity, body, economy, globalization and empire;
- introduces the latest developments on materiality, agency, technology and nature.
Culture and Society is an invaluable guide for students navigating the dynamic debates and intellectual challenges of cultural studies. Its breadth and unparallelled coverage of cutting-edge theory will also ensure that it is read by anyone interested in questions of materiality and culture.
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About the Author
David Oswell is Director of Research in the internationally renowned Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Pleasure Principles: Explorations in Politics, Sexuality and Ethics (Lawrence & Wishart, 1993), Television, Childhood and the Home: A History of the Making of the Child Television Audience in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2002), Culture and Society: An Introduction to Cultural Studies (SAGE, 2006), The Sociology of Childhood (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and various articles in academic journals and edited collections. His current research is focused on culture, governmentality, and the built, natural and immaterial environment.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: From the BeginningSemiosis: From Representation to TranslationPower: From Ideology to GovernmentPopular Culture: From People to MultitudeIdentity: Between Subject and ObjectBody: Between Nature and TechnologyEconomy: Between Structure and NetworkWorld: Between Globe and EmpireEthics: By Way of a Conclusion