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Inside Culture

Inside Culture
Re-imagining the Method of Cultural Studies

First Edition
  • Nick Couldry - London School of Economics, UK, London School of Economics and Political Science, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

November 2000 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Inside Culture offers a fresh and stimulating reassessment of the direction of cultural studies. Nick Couldry argues without apology for cultural studies as a discipline centred around the interrelations of culture and power, with a clear focus on accountable empirical research that deals with the real complexities of contemporary lives - `inside' culture. Chapters discuss the broad conceptual issues around `cultures', `texts', `the self', and the individual. There are detailed discussions of a range of cultural studies authors which demystify the elaborate language of contemporary cultural studies, with suggestions for further thinking at the end of chapters.

Questions of Value, or Why Do Cultural Studies?
The Individual `in' Culture
Questioning the Text
Beyond `Cultures'
Accounting for the `Self'
The Future of Cultural Studies
Community without Closure


`This is a bracing and enjoyable book. Couldry provides a fresh and new perspective on cultural studies. Inside Culture will be of great interest to readers unfamilar with the field, and poses challenging questions to those who know cultural studies well' - Angela McRobbie

`Inside Culture offers a theoretically compelling, politically courageous, and pedagogically invaluable contribution to the growing literature on cultural studies. This is an inspired and inspiring book and should be read by everyone concerned about not only cultural studies and the politics of culture, but also about the fate of individual and social agency in a rapidly changing cultural and economic global context' - Henry A Giroux, Penn State University

This is an excellent book - will recommend to students who want to engage cultural sociology and cutural studies at a deeper level than is possible with traditional textbooks. It is particularly helpful in orienting thinking around how to navigate an extremely complex and variegated cultural landscape, in a world where many students feel overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Dr Sarah Amsler
Sociology , Aston University
November 16, 2009

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