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Cultural Studies. Theory and Practice

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`This is the best general textbook that has been written on cultural studies to date. Barker covers an enormous amount of material. He explicates key concepts and theories in the field and focuses upon particular issues of contemporary interest. Barker is always fair in his assessment of contrasting arguments and alternative points of view. Cult
Paperback, 484 pages
Published December 18th 2003 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published 2000)
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A good introduction to cultural studies, yet…from the perspective of mostly white, privileged, exclusively 'Western' theorists. It could also become very repetitive in its claims, and is sometimes too vague when it comes to certain aspects of various philosophies… ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a frustrating read as Barker seems to have a 'cluttered' way of writing. Besides, some of the chapters were very well written and easy to read, whereas other chapters were so incoherent that I was questioning whether Barker was understanding the subject himself. ...more
Shoon Teoh
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I would view this book as closer to an encyclopedia rather than a textbook or reader. It is dense, covering a large array of topics but very rarely going into more than a cursory analysis. Useful to have lying around if you need to look up a dictionary definition of concepts in cultural studies.

I read this book a couple of years ago during my first year of my bachelors and found it illuminating but also somewhat scattershot .
Luqman Lee
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly hard read when compared to say, Hall's seminal Representation. Barker's style of writing seems to get in the way of the message. That said, the content of the book is wide in breadth and very informative, providing a succinct overview on the cultural studies landscape from its early years up till the present iteration of post structuralism and post modernism, grappling with Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, and Hall in one fell swoop. ...more
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Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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LaSabra Williams
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the 5th edition of this text.
Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cultural studies n00bs
there's a certain limit between comprehensive and excessively detailed. Chris barker seems to aim for the latter and ended up being the former.

this book is filled with so many details, it's easy to lose a train of thought when you're reading it like a textbook. from my perspective, this myriad of details is a good thing, since every textbook lovers would always need to know the inner working of things. just don't get your train lost in the shadows.

i think this book is a must read for n00Bs tryin
Rose Soliman
Nov 06, 2012 is currently reading it
Started reading it and I think it's a great reference to those who are interested in cultural studies ! But to be honest It confused me in some parts especially the theoretical way of studying cultural studies part ! ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
one of great reference to cultural studies, i love it.
im student and it is very urgent for me to read it im living in iran i cant buy it coze it is very expenssive
Ahmad Ibo
buku pegangan wajib bagi mereka yg sedang memperdalam ranah kajian, termasuk anak sastra. mengupas tuntas berbagai teori.modern dengan bahasa terjemahan yg mudah dimengerti.
Kuncz Arock
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
buku pengantar yang baik untuk memahami kajian budaya (cultural studies).
One of the essentials for core subjects I had to take. Almost killed me. You almost got me there.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cultural-studies
Gives excellent grounding, I should have read much sooner.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
in practise you can see the culture teory for studie, this book excelent. thanks
Rifka Lutfi
I need this book for my undergraduate theses
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