Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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This volume brings together sixteen essays on key and intersecting topics in critical cultural studies from major scholars in the field. Taking into account the vicissitudes of political, social, and cultural issues, the contributors engage deeply with the evolving understanding of critical concepts such as history, community, culture, identity, politics, ethics, globalization, and technology. The essays address the extent to which these concepts have been useful to scholars, policy makers, and citizens, as well as the ways they must be rethought and reconsidered if they are to continue to be viable. Each essay considers what is known and understood about these concepts. The essays give particular attention to how relevant ideas, themes, and terms were developed, elaborated, and deployed in the work of James W. Carey, the "founding father" of cultural studies in the United States. The contributors map how these important concepts, including Carey's own work with them, have evolved over time and how these concepts intersect. The result is a coherent volume that redefines the still-emerging field of critical cultural studies. Contributors are Stuart Allan, Jack Zeljko Bratich, Clifford Christians, Norman Denzin, Mark Fackler, Robert Fortner, Lawrence Grossberg, Joli Jensen, Steve Jones, John Nerone, Lana Rakow, Quentin J. Schultze, Linda Steiner, Angharad N. Valdivia, Catherine Warren, Frederick Wasser, and Barbie Zelizer.

Author Biography

Linda Steiner is a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland and the coauthor of Women and Journalism.


Clifford Christians is Sandage Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coauthor of Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Working the Hyphens in Critical-Cultural Conversationsp. ix
History: Looking for the Subject of Communication Historyp. 3
Education: Critical Pedagogyp. 17
Space: The Possibilities and Limits of the Conversation Modelp. 26
Religion: Faith in Cultural Studiesp. 40
Community: Community without Propinquityp. 54
Culture: James W. Carey and the Conversation of Culturep. 73
Popular Culture: Asking the Right Questionsp. 88
Oral Culture: Oral Culture as Antidote to Terror and Ennuip. 103
Ritual: The Dark Continent of Journalistic Ritualp. 115
Identity: The Politics of Identity Workp. 128
Professionalism: Journalism without Professional Journalists?p. 145
Politics: Media Power, Status Politics, and Partisanshipp. 158
Ethics: Communication Ethics in Postnarrative Termsp. 173
The Public: Philosophical Foundations and Distortions in the Quest for Civitasp. 187
Technology: The Digital Sublimation of the Electrical Sublimep. 199
Globalization: Counterglobalization and Other Rituals against Empirep. 212
Epilogue: How Scholarship Mattersp. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
Works Citedp. 241
Editors and Contributorsp. 261
Indexp. 266
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