Studying Culture A Practical Introduction

ISBN-10: 1405155922

ISBN-13: 9781405155922

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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This accessible introduction to the study of culture is written specifically for those who are new to the subject. The book includes numerous student-friendly features throughout, encouraging the reader to think analytically about culture and how it can be interpreted. Fully revised and updated, the second edition: Explores key issues and theories on identities, representation, histories, places, and spaces, discussing the various interpretations of culture and cultural studies Incorporates new work on the study of space, place, identity, gender, and cultural history, as well as new sections on cultural studies theories and methodology in each chapter Introduces more complex issues including high and popular culture, subjectivities, consumption, and new technologies, and a fully updated section on new and enduring trends in technology and culture Features useful exercises and activities, selections of readings, author commentaries, and a full set of new case studies with a global emphasis.
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Book details

List price: $66.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What is Culture?
Introduction
The 'culture and civilization' debate
The 'mass culture' debate
Social definitions of culture
Culture and power
Conclusions
Identity and Difference
Introduction
Who am I?
Social constructivist approaches to identity
'Identity crisis' and the modern world
Representing and narrating identity
Conclusions
Representation
Introduction
Language and representation
Communicating meaning
Representation and discourse
Representation, discourse and resistance
Conclusions
History
Introduction
The past 'as it really was'?
Challenges to objectivity: post-structuralist theories of history
The past and popular memory
History as 'heritage'
Conclusions
Location, Location, Location: Cultural Geographies
Place and identity: a brief introduction
Mapping realities?
Going shopping
Case study: mapping Los Angeles
Conclusions
Case Study: Global Tourism
The story of tourism
Tourism as social practice
Tourist places
Tourism and identities
Tourism and heritage
Cultural imperialism or cultural globalization?
Conclusions
Cultural Value: High Culture and Popular Culture
Defining culture
Discriminations
Versions of literary culture
Rereading literature
Rereading texts: The Wind in the Willows (1908) and English masculinity
Conclusions
Subjects, Bodies, Selves
Introduction
Fragmented or multiple selves?
Language and subjectivity
Discourse and the subject
Embodied selves
Conclusions
Consumption
Introduction
What is a consumer?
Buying a newspaper
My high street and your high street
Theories of consumption
Selling identities
Agency, appropriation and ethics
Conclusions
Technology
The place of the personal: ethnography and the practice of cultural studies
Twentieth-century technology: cultural studies of TV
Living with technology
Working with the Web
Conclusions
Conclusion
References and Further Reading
Bibliography
Index
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