In this section, you can find the Kortext selection of ebooks relating to cultural studies. These digital materials are relevant to many fields of work and study.
Those interested in cultural studies ebooks may be students studying for a degree in cultural studies, those working with specific groups of people, or those who are simply interested in finding out more about a certain topic. As an interdisciplinary subject, culture studies looks at areas including anthropology, sociology, history, politics, economics, and many more.
Cultural studies under its current name is a contemporary area of analysis. There are several points in history which can be seen as key to the development of the subject area:
In the 1930s, the Frankfurt School (a school of social theory and philosophy) developed critical theories based on the studies of mass communication and culture, coining terms such as ‘culture industries’ to speak about mass-produced culture.
Following this, in 1964 Richard Hoggart used the term cultural studies when founding the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, the world’s first centre of this type. Today, questions relating to race and gender are very much at the forefront of much of the centre’s work.
Another pivotal time for the development of cultural studies was when Stuart Hall lectured on the topic in America, analysing and evaluating social issues in relation to a cultural perspective. He felt that, while many considered popular culture to be beneath the work of academics, it was necessary to study and analyse experiences and trends in society from a unique viewpoint.
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