Culture in Bits: The Monstrous Future of Theory

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A&C Black, 01.08.2002 - 176 Seiten
Cultural Studies seems to have lost its way somewhere between today's preoccupation with the empirical and the theory revolutions of the 1980s and 90s. Assessing the work of key theorists across the history of cultural studies--Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Meaghan Morris and Angela McRobbie--Culture In Bits argues that the trend towards a more politicized practice is in fact not political enough; theory, and deconstruction in particular, can offer a more radical and a more political engagement.Pinpointing the ambiguities that both constitute and disturb cultural studies and outlining a radical agenda for its future, Culture in Bits is vital reading for all interested in cultural practice and theory.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions
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Its a Thin Line Between Love and Hate Why Cultural Studies is so Naff
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Something Else Besides The Third Way of Angela McRobbie
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The Monstrous Future of Cultural Studies
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Beyond Marxism and Psychoanalysis
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wwwculturalstudiesacuk
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Notes
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Index
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Seite 134 - Performativity describes this relation of being implicated in that which one opposes, this turning of power against itself to produce alternative modalities of power, to establish a kind of political contestation that is not a "pure...
Seite 103 - Expressed in the language of the oldest — the oral — instinctual impulses, the judgement is: "I should like to eat this," or "I should like to spit it out"; and, put more generally: "I should like to take this into myself and to keep that out." That is to say: "It shall be inside me
Seite 8 - The condition of possibility of this thing called responsibility is a certain experience and experiment of the possibility of the impossible: the testing of the aporia from which one may invent the only possible invention, the impossible invention.
Seite 74 - They are also effective or active (as one says) interventions, in particular political and institutional interventions that transform contexts without limiting themselves to theoretical or constative utterances even though they must also produce such utterances.
Seite 74 - I have published over the last twenty years, should suffice for you to realize that text, as I use the word, is not the book. No more than writing or trace, it is not limited to the paper which you cover with your graphism. It is precisely for strategic reasons . . . that I found it necessary to recast the concept of text by generalizing it almost without limit, in any case without present or perceptible limit, without any limit that is. That is why there is nothing 'beyond the text'.
Seite 129 - One can dream or speculate about the geo-techno-logical shocks which would have made the landscape of the psychoanalytic archive unrecognizable for the past century if, to limit myself to these indications, Freud, his contemporaries, collaborators and immediate disciples, instead of writing thousands of letters by hand, had had access to MCI or AT&T telephonic credit cards, portable tape recorders, computers, printers, faxes, televisions, teleconferences, and above all E-mail.
Seite 8 - I will even venture to say that ethics, politics, and responsibility, if there are any, will only ever have begun with the experience and experiment of aporia.

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Gary Hall is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, UK. As well as founding co-editor of the electronic journal Culture Machine, he is also general co-editor of Continuum's Technologies series.

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