Doing Cultural Studies
The Story of the Sony Walkman
- Paul du Gay - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
- Stuart Hall
- Linda Janes - The Open University, Portsmouth University, UK
- Anders Koed Madsen - TANTLab - Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
- Hugh Mackay - Open University in Wales, United Kingdom
- Keith Negus - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Communication Research Methods | Research Methods for Cultural Studies | Sociology of Culture
- LSE Review of Books
Why think about the Walkman in the 21st century? Can the Walkman help us understand today’s media and cultural practices? Through the notion of the 'circuit of culture', this book teaches students to critically examine what culture means, and how and why it is enmeshed with the media texts and objects in their lives. Students will:
- Unpack the key concepts of contemporary culture, such as mobility, materiality, consumption and identity
- Learn to think about some of the cultural conundrums of the present and their relation to the past, such as branding culture
- Look with fresh eyes at today's media world and the cultural practices it gives rise to
- Gain practical experience with the historical comparative method
- Practice their critical skills with up-to-date exercises and activities
Book combines quite interestingly the analysis of a specific cultural phenomenon with elementary knowledge from the described field. It helps to connect contemporary issues with tradition and recognized authors within cultural studies. I recommend it.
The book is highly interesting but essentially focused on media studies rather than on a more linguistic approach to the study of intercultural differences and similarities. Although I recommended some of the readings to my students, this is the main reason why I did not adopt it as a main coursebook.
This is a fabulous update of a classic text in cultural studies. I will definitely be utilizing it in a range of future courses.
Intersting take on a cultural phenomenon
Valuable text with contemporary issues identified and well addressed
Some really useful case studies and readings are included in this text.
Really accessible material.
The selected readings are great discussion starters and serve as a great introduction to some key thinkers!
There is something quite eery about the fact that the current cohorts of students barely remember the walkman at all and my impression is that produsage is variably engaged in, most notably because of huge variance in ICT training.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Doing Cultural Studies: Making Sense of the Walkman
Doing Cultural Studies: Introduction