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Doing Cultural Studies

Doing Cultural Studies

The Story of the Sony Walkman

by Hugh MackayKeith Negus Anders Koed Madsen and others
Publication Date: 15/05/2013
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"Arguably the most famous book in its field... In theoretical terms, the legacy of Doing Cultural Studies confirms that this classic read is not just about the Walkman itself, but represents a series of clear observations about the symbolic meanings of culture."

- LSE Review of Books

Why think about the Walkman in the 21st century? Can the Walkman help us understand today's media and cultural practices? Through the notion of the 'circuit of culture', this book teaches students to critically examine what culture means, and how and why it is enmeshed with the media texts and objects in their lives. Students will:

Unpack the key concepts of contemporary culture, such as mobility, materiality, consumption and identity
Learn to think about some of the cultural conundrums of the present and their relation to the past, such as branding culture
Look with fresh eyes at today's media world and the cultural practices it gives rise to
Gain practical experience with the historical comparative method
Practice their critical skills with up-to-date exercises and activities

This book takes students on a journey between past and present, giving them the skills do to cultural analysis along the way. It remains the perfect 'how to' for students in media studies, cultural studies, design and sociology.
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SAGE Publications Ltd
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United Kingdom
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Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong.

He is the author of nine books in the field of social psychology and philosophy, and five novels. Previous books include Why Don't People Listen?, Reinventing Australia and What Makes Us Tick?.

Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Britain's Open University, is widely regarded as the prime successor to Raymond Williams for his teachings on culture and society.

He has lectured extensively worldwide, and is Chairman of both inIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Autograph.

For 15 years he has been at the vanguard of debates around race, identity and sexuality in the UK. He has written numerous key students' texts, and his books include Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies, Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies, The Hard Road to Renewal: Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left, Questions of Cultural Identity and Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subculture in Post-War Britain.

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