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Cultural studies can we/ should we reinvent it?

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 (2020) Cultural studies can we/ should we reinvent it? International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23 (3). 292 - 297. ISSN 1367-8779

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1367877919891733


This short article returns to an original sense of the term ‘cultural studies’, that is, a subject which needed to be invented to supplement a democratic deficit in established humanities and social science disciplines. It reviews reasons why something like cultural studies needs to be reinvented again today (converging crises in democratic systems and culture, deriving from new social and political ecologies, linked to technology), but also reasons why, right now, this is particularly difficult. Addressing this challenge requires a modesty as to what can be done, but also an urgency opening up a space where the threats to democracy’s future can honestly be faced in a cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 14:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:06

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