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Understanding Culture and Society
by Mark Smith

Abstract:
Understanding Culture and Society provides a new introduction to the field of cultural studies by focusing on the texts, artefacts and practices that make up everyday life. Rather than starting with a set of theoretical traditions, Smith takes `the everyday' as a launch pad for exploring cultures of shopping, gender, ethnicity, class, age, identity, urban life, body image and protest politics. Using a wide range of illustrations from music, local clubs, films, television, posters, photography, computer games, food, design, sport and graphic arts, this book relates cultural theories to the lived experiences of the people, relations and processes studied by cultural researchers. Key themes through this book include how meanings are produced, how identities are constructed, the classification of cultures, relations of power and how cultures are transformed.

Publication Type: Authored Book: 192 pages
Publisher: Open University Press - MacGraw - Hill (2007)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 0335208819

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