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What's Become of Cultural Studies?

by Graeme Turner SAGE Publications Ltd
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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 the university 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 renewalJim 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 globeToby Miller
University of California - author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention

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 disciplinesacultural and media studies, communications, history, literary studies, and film and television studiesaand it has been translated into eight languages.