Cultural Studies

Cultural studies is an academic field grounded in critical theory and literary criticism. It generally concerns the political nature of contemporary culture, as well as its past historical precedents, conflicts, and issues. It is, to this extent, largely distinguished from cultural anthropology and ethnic studies in both objective and methodology. Researchers concentrate on how a particular medium or message relates to matters of ideology, social class, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, and/or gender.
Cultural studies is extremely holistic, combining feminist theory, social theory, political t

The Origin of Others
Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race
White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power
The Body Papers
Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us
Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
Living a Feminist Life
Jay-Z: Made in America
The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
Outliers: The Story of Success
Between the World and Me
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Subculture: The Meaning of Style
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
The Location of Culture
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Revised Edition)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondFemales of Valor by Widad AkreyiThe Daughter Of Kurdland by Widad AkreyiZoroastrians' Fight for Survival by Widad AkreyiFrom Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun
Best books on history and culture.
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Virgin by Hanne BlankMasters of Sex by Thomas MaierCharity and Sylvia by Rachel Hope ClevesWolf Girls at Vassar by Anne MacKaySex at Dawn by Christopher  Ryan
Sexuality and History
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Feminine Endings by Susan McClaryGender Failure by Ivan E. CoyoteQueering the Pitch by Philip BrettOpera by Catherine ClémentThe Roll by Joe Hnida
Music, gender, sexuality (nonfiction)
169 books — 7 voters
Hunger by Roxane GayDear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieSouth and West by Joan DidionThe Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel LevyThe Radium Girls by Kate  Moore
2017 Non-male Non-Fiction
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You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe RobinsonCountry Music Hair by Erin DuvallHair by Scott LoweRed by Jacky Colliss HarveyHair by Kurt Stenn
29 books — 6 voters
Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark by Charlie J. EskewJudges by Charles J. EskewZami by Audre LordeMirrors by Eduardo GaleanoI Am Your Negro by Dead Writers Club
Black, White, and Beyond
23 books — 8 voters

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Thomas Frank
In destroying its own agency, as well as in many other ways, the backlash is a precise mirror image of the pseudo-leftist academic discipline known as cultural studies. According to this theoretical tendency, the most banal and routine culture-products are intensely political and subversive; the left is constantly but silently winning the war over everyday life; and even the lowliest of consumers are endowed with massive quantities of agency, with a stupendous power to exert their radical will i ...more
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Stuart Hall
Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God's name is the point of cultural studies?...At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we've been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don't feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.
Stuart Hall

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