Polity has a strong and fast expanding list in the field of cultural studies. We publish many of the key scholars in the field and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, path-breaking publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in cultural studies which are adopted at colleges and universities around the world.
Our authors include some of the key social and cultural theorists whose works have shaped the discipline of cultural theory, including Theodor W. Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Jürgen Habermas, Paul Virilio and Slavoj Žižek. We have also published some of the leading cultural studies scholars, including David Buckingham, Simon Frith, Douglas Kellner, Joshua Meyrowitz, Mark Poster, Roger Silverstone, John B. Thompson, John Tomlinson and Janet Wasko.
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Entwistle: The Fashioned Body, 2nd edition
The Fashioned Body provides a wide-ranging and original overview of fashion and dress from an historical and sociological perspective. With a new preface and new material on the evolving fashion industry, this second edition gives a clear summary of the theories surrounding the role and function of fashion in modern society.
Longhurst & Bogdanović: Popular Music & Society, 3rd edition
"This third edition by Longhurst and Bogdanović offers a comprehensive updated sociological analysis of the field of popular music which incorporates media and cultural studies into its frame. It reflects backward and telegraphs forward the key theories, approaches, analysis and criticisms that abound in the field. It is both accessible and scholarly and will be a key resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, and media and cultural studies."
Helen Thomas, University of the Arts London
Girgus: Clint Eastwood's America
The steady rise of Clint Eastwood's career parallels a pressing desire in American society over the past five decades for a figure and story of purpose, meaning, and redemption. This timely examination of Clint Eastwood's oeuvre against the backdrop of contemporary America will be fascinating reading for students of film and popular culture.
Smith: Mexican Screen Fiction
This new book by Paul Julian Smith is the first to examine the flourishing of audiovisual fiction in Mexico since 2000, considering cinema and TV together. It covers much material previously unexplored and engages with emerging themes, including violence, youth culture, and film festivals.
Connell and Pearse: Gender: In World Perspective 3rd edition
How can we understand gender in the contemporary world? What psychological differences now exist between women and men? How are masculinities and femininities made? And what is the relationship between gender issues and globalizing concerns such as environmental change and economic restructuring?
Raewyn Connell, one of the world's leading scholars in the field, is here joined by Rebecca Pearse as they answer these questions and more. Their book provides a readable introduction to modern gender studies, covering empirical research from all parts of the world in addition to theory and politics. As well as introducing the field, Gender provides a powerful contemporary framework for gender analysis with a strong and distinctive global awareness.
Faubion: Foucault Now
"No thinker of the last generation helped shape our understandings of the world more powerfully than Foucault. This splendid and up-to-date anthology shows that his work, through its various phases, retains its analytic power today."
Simon During, University of Queensland
Sterritt: Spike Lee's America
“My admiration for Spike Lee has always been substantial, but thanks to this book I now admire him even more. Although David Sterritt does not blink at the many dilemmas the films present, he has greatly enriched our appreciation as well as our understanding of Spike Lee's cinema.”
Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University
Spike Lee has directed, written, produced, and acted in dozens of films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated, richly multifaceted portrait of American society. This book is a vibrant and provocative engagement both with the work of a great filmmaker and with contemporary America.
Pomerance: Hitchcock's America
Alfred Hitchcock brought to the American scene a perspicacity and analytical shrewdness unparalleled in American cinema. Murray Pomerance works from a basis in cultural analysis and a detailed knowledge of Alfred Hitchcock's films and production techniques to explore how America is revealed and critically commented upon in Hitchcock's work.
“Flew's sober and penetrating analysis of the increasingly global character of the creative industries sheds a bright light on a field too often characterized more by heat. Both scholarly and accessible, it should be of great use to academics, policy experts, and media professionals alike.”
Thomas Streeter, author of The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet
Keane: Creative Industries in China
“In this pioneering book, Michael Keane provides a broad introduction to the Chinese discourse of media, arts and design industries. Using substantial fieldwork observation, Keane offers unique insights into the development of concepts of innovation and their relationship with intellectual property, culture, commerce and politics in China.”
Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong
New media, development and globalization are key terms through which the future is being imagined and performed in governance, development initiatives and public and political discourse. Yet these authoritative terms have arisen within particular cultural and ideological contexts. This compelling book forces us to look at these terms afresh.
Howells and Negreiros: Visual Culture, 2nd edition
This book is designed to introduce students to the analysis of all kinds of visual text, whether drawings, paintings, photographs, films, advertisements, television or new media forms. The book is illustrated with examples that range from medieval painting to contemporary advertising images, and is written in a lively and engaging style.
McDonnell: Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines
Weekly gossip magazines epitomize the domination of American popular culture by celebrity-mania. But why are readers, especially young women, so attracted to them? Andrea McDonnell argues that, despite a trivial reputation, these magazines are an important site of engagement for their readers, shaping their relationships, ideas and values.
Lash and Lury: Global Culture Industry
“This pathbreaking study will stimulate the intellectual debate for years to come.”
Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Tells the compelling story of how material objects such as watches and sportswear have become powerful cultural symbols, and how the production of symbols, in the form of globally recognized brands, has now become a central goal of capitalism.
Muller: White Magic
In this brilliant new book Lothar Müller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the thirteenth century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the nineteenth century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press.
Ranciere: Figures of History
In this important new book the leading philosopher Jacques Rancičre continues his reflections on the representative power of works of art. How does art render events that have spanned an era? What roles does it assign to those who enacted them or those who were the victims of such events?
Scannell: Television and the meaning of live
This book is about the question of existence, the meaning of 'life', an enquiry into the contemporary human situation as disclosed by television. Passionate and sweeping in scale, this new book on the existential role of television from a leading media scholar is a major contribution to our understanding of the media today.
Inglis: Richard Hoggart
This is the first biography of Richard Hoggart, the best-known, and certainly the most affectionately acknowledged, British intellectual of the past sixty years. Fred Inglis ties together in a single narrative both life and work to tell the gripping tale of a figure of great significance to anyone who cherishes the stuff of culture.
An exciting series of short, cutting-edge books exploring key aspects of Chinese society. Titles with particular relevance to cultural studies include:
This series aims to make a wide range of theory relevant and accessible for students of media and communication studies. Each volume draws on a rich body of literature and will consider instances in which theorists have directly discussed media and communication.
New technologies are fundamentally altering the ways in which we communicate. This series from Polity aims to provide a set of books that make available for a broad readership cutting edge research and thinking on digital media and their social contexts. Taken as a whole, the series will examine questions about the impact of network technology and digital media on society in all its facets, including economics, culture and politics.
A major series of innovative and lively short introductions to the main areas of the social sciences and humanities. For information on individual volumes please go to the series webpage: www.polity.co.uk/shortintroductions.
New and published titles of particular interest to cultural studies students and lecturers are listed below. Please check other subject pages for further titles in this series.
Key Concepts is a series of concise and accessible textbooks exploring core concepts in the social sciences. The books focus on concepts that are central to each discipline and have a high degree of complexity surrounding them. For more information on individual titles please see the series webpage: www.polity.co.uk/keyconcepts