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Teach Yourself Cultural Studies (Teach Yourself: History And Politics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0844226415
ISBN-10: 0844226416
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  • Series: Teach Yourself: History And Politics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844226416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844226415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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To those who have cut their teeth on the ubiquitous Graeme Turner text Teach Yourself Cultural Studies will seem like a breath of fresh air, and is a timely addition to the Cultural Studies canon. The author's confident and innovative approach, coupled with a novel mode of categorisation, makes for a celebration of the maverick image that the discipline currently enjoys within the academy.
Mr. Brooker writes with authority and delivers a lucid exposition on his chosen subject. However, I feel that there are times when the concepts and language are rather esoteric for the level at which the text is aimed - for instance, what beginner or first-level student will know what an amor fati is? Having said that, there are many complex theories requiring simplification and it is testament to Mr. Brooker `s analytical ability that he is able to distil down from an obvious higher knowledge in order to render these accessible.
He manages to demystify through both incisive and insightful interpretations of some of the more arcane theorists, such as Foucault and Bourdieu, at the same time retaining a `funky' contemporary approach. At all times he is in control of the polemic, leaving the reader free to interpret as s/he sees fit. On a practical level, this process is facilitated by related end-of-chapter reading lists as well as appendices containing further reading and useful website addresses.
It is refreshing to see that, although he acknowledges some of the (by now) hoary old chestnuts of Cultural Studies, such as the Nationwide study and the Jackie phenomenon, he does not dwell there too long but, rather, finds original examples that define his own position within the subject area.
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