"British Cultural Studies" is a comprehensive introduction to the British tradition of cultural studies. Graeme Turner offers an accessible overview to the central themes that have informed British cultural studies; language, semiotics, Marxism and ideology, individualism and subjectivity and discourse. Presenting a history of British cultural studies and focusing on the work of such pioneers as Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart, E.P. Thompson, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, the second edition is fully revised to include new issues in cultural studies and to update key debates and references. New sections include: The influence of postmodernism, The politics of pleasure identified with the 'New Revisionism', Foucault and discourse, The politics of cultural studies, Gender and Race in the history of British Cultural Studies. A fully updated and comprehensive bibliography.
From Acid House, Martin Amis, and The Avengers to Skinheads, Irvine Welsh, Vivienne Westwood, and The Who, this is an A-Z guide to popular British film, music, television, fashion, literature, design, and more. Spanning 30 years, this book features over 100 images and covers the highlights of British pop culture.
"Feminism and Youth Culture" collects together eight separate essays on female youth culture written by Angela McRobbie over a period of almost 13 years. Topics include the changing place of romance in girls' comics and magazines, the everyday culture of working class girls, the appeal of dance narratives for pre-teenage readers and viewers, teenage mothers and feminist critiques of subcultural theory.
In "Britain since the Seventies", well-known historian Jeremy Black examines the most recent developments in British political, social, cultural and economic history. Taking the triumph of consumerism as an organizing theme, he charts the rise and fall of the Conservative Party, developments in British society, culture and politics, environmental issues, questions of identity, and changes in economic circumstance and direction. Iconic issues such as BSE, transport, asylum seekers and the NHS are viewed from both national and international perspectives. Black's account of contemporary Britain challenges as well as entertains, seeking to engage the reader in the process of interpretation. Through the lens of the last three decades, the author unveils his image of a country in which uncertainty, contingency and change are the defining features. In charting the impact of increasing individualism, longevity and secularization, Black is drawn repeatedly to examine a fundamental paradox of modern Britain: 'At the start of both century and millennium, the British were more prosperous than ever before, but ...happiness has not risen with prosperity.'" Britain since the Seventies" is a wide-ranging and cogent evaluation of recent British history, and as such will appeal to all those interested in the condition of modern Britain, and how it came to be so, as well as being an ideal introduction for students of the subject.