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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (Nov. 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415252288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415252287
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By "caligary" on June 24 2000
Format: Paperback
Turner's <British Cultural Studies> is a well-summarized, well-written introduction to the tradition of so-called critical cultural studies. This can draw a lot of attention from undergrads to phd-to-bes, from all across the social science and hmanities fields--such as mass media, communication, literature, aesthetics, philosophy, criticism, popular culture. If you believe that there's something missing in the US mainstream social science and humanities, this is the book you must start with.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Compulsory for any branch of Cultural Studies Nov. 2 2000
By Soek-Fang SIM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I mark this book as a required text to my students in my Cultural Studies Course.
Despite, or rather because of it's professed limitation to British Cultural Studies, Turner demonstrates a lot of sensitivity to what is and what is not British Cultural Studies, making any reader immediately aware of how other Cultural Studies traditions may differ. His extremely cogent and clear account takes the reader easily into the heart of Cultural Studies- what quarrels does British Cultural Studies have with other disciplines and what is so unique about its orientation as a discipline?
A very Useful Overview Jan. 16 2014
By Ulrich Gdhler - Published on Amazon.com
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I finished my university studies 35 years ago. Being in early retirement now, I am eager to learn what happened in social sciences while I was earning my bread. Gaeme Turner’s Introduction into British Cultural Studies turned out to be a very useful overview of the developments in Cultural Studies from the late 1960s until 2005. Turner is a Professor emeritus at the University of Queensland and a leading figure in Australian Cultural Studies.
“British Cultural Studies” comprehends an overview about the major works of Cultural Studies in Britain. Turner summarizes the key works such as Richard Hoggart’s “The Uses of Literacy”, Stuart Hall’s “Encoding and Decoding in Television Discourse” and Paul Willis “Learning to Labour”. Most of the books mentioned are available on the Web.
Cultural Studies starts with a revolt against the elitism of British Literary Studies in the works of Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams. It was strongly linked with adult education. Teachers were confronted with pop music and searched for answers. Cultural Studies dealt with pop music and youth culture and the impact of the new medium television. Turner then describes the growing influence first of Western Marxism and then of Structuralism in the 1970s. He presents the debate between Culturalists (E.P. Thompson, Raymond Williams) and Structuralists (Althusser). Cultural Studies has developed around the conflict between individual agency, Marxist economic determinism and Structuralist cultural determinism. The turn to the Gramscian notion of “hegemony” was a sort of compromise between individual agency and determinism.
Presenting many interesting works of Cultural Studies, Turner shows a shift of emphasis
• from high art to popular art, from an elitist definition of culture to culture as the very material of our daily lives, from literature to a broader notion of culture in the 1960s
• from individual agency to the cultural creation of “identity” (Althusser’s “Appellation”) in the 1970s
• from class and class sub-communities to gender and race in the 1980s
• From British nationalism to transnational identities and from critique of ideology to “pleasure” in the post-modernist 1990s.
Turner mentions the political aspects. Stuart Hall and other writers were strongly involved in the analysis of Right-wing Thatcherism and Blair’s “New Labour”. The representation of the political aspects of the history of Cultural Studies although stays a bit cursory.
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First to pick! June 24 2000
By "caligary" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Turner's <British Cultural Studies> is a well-summarized, well-written introduction to the tradition of so-called critical cultural studies. This can draw a lot of attention from undergrads to phd-to-bes, from all across the social science and hmanities fields--such as mass media, communication, literature, aesthetics, philosophy, criticism, popular culture. If you believe that there's something missing in the US mainstream social science and humanities, this is the book you must start with.

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