Cultural studies face a complicated yet rich future, proving both flexible and resilient in many countries. Against this backdrop, this book offers a fresh perspective on the state of the field of cultural studies, via an evaluation of the work of one of its key thinkers – Graeme Turner – and the traditions of Australian cultural studies which have been influential on the formation of the field.
Thinking with Turner, and being informed by his practice, can help orient us in the face of new challenges and contexts across culture, media, and everyday life; teaching and pedagogy; the relation of research to the new politics of public engagement, policy, management, and universities; the internationalization of cultural studies and the reconfiguration of nationalism; the changing concepts and relations of culture; the development of important new areas in cultural studies, such as celebrity studies; and the emergence of digital media studies.
This lively and provocative volume is essential reading for anyone interested in where cultural studies has come from, where it’s heading to, and what kinds of ideas – not least from Graeme Turner – will help scholars and students alike make sense of and reconfigure the discipline. This book was originally published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
1. What’s become of Australian Cultural Studies: The legacies of Graeme Turner Gerard Goggin, Anna Pertierra and Mark Andrejevic
2. Turning up to play: ‘GT’ and the modern game Meaghan Morris
3. Dependencia meets gentle nationalism Toby Miller
4. Kylie will be OK: On the (Im-)possibility of Australian celebrity studies Frances Bonner
5. Cultural Studies and the culture concept Tony Bennett
6. Politics as scholarly practice: Graeme Turner and the art of advocacy John C. Byron
7. The effective academic executive Melissa Gregg
8. Afterword: So…what has become of Australian Cultural Studies? Graeme Turner
Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Anna Cristina Pertierra is Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Mark Andrejevic is Professor in the Department of Media Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA.
Melissa Gregg is Principal Engineer in User Experience Research at Intel labs, based in Portland, OR, USA.