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Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies - 
      Paul Bowman

Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies

Theory, Politics and Intervention

Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies is an innovative exploration of the ethical and political significance of Cultural Studies and Post-Marxist discourse theory. It argues that although Cultural Studies and post-Marxism tend to present themselves as distinct entities, they actually share a project -- that of taking on the political. Les mer
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Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies is an innovative exploration of the ethical and political significance of Cultural Studies and Post-Marxist discourse theory. It argues that although Cultural Studies and post-Marxism tend to present themselves as distinct entities, they actually share a project -- that of taking on the political. Post-Marxism presents itself as having a developed theory of political strategy, while Cultural Studies has claimed to be both practical and political. Bowman examines these intertwined, overlapping, controversial and contested claims and orientations by way of a deconstructive reading that is led by the question of intervention: what is the intervention of post-Marxism, of Cultural Studies, of each into the other, and into other institutional and political contexts and scenes?
Through considerations of key aspects of Cultural Studies and cultural theory, Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies argues that the very thing that is fundamental to both of these 'politicised' approaches -- the quest to establish a theory of intervention, and to relate this to a practice -- actually remains frustrated and unrealised as a direct result of the way this has been approached. Because of this stalemate, Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies proposes a new theory of pragmatic intervention -- one that is derived from Derridean deconstruction, post-Marxism and Cultural Studies, and which will be of importance and value for politicised academics and intellectuals working in all areas of political and Cultural Studies.
Key Features * An innovative take on the disciplines of Cultural Studies and Post-Marxism with a clear account of what Cultural Studies and post-Marxism are and why they are important * Offers explanations, accounts and critiques of key figures of Cultural Studies and post-Marxism, such as Butler, Derrida, Hall, Laclau, Mowitt, Rorty and Zizek * Draws out the similarities and clarifies the significance of the differences between the approaches and develops a new perspective on the theory and practice of intervention * Shows how, by seeing the links and differences between the approaches, both post-Marxism and cultural studies can be reorientated in order to have positive results in the political world
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Forlag: Edinburgh University Press
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780748617623
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«! this book will be indispensable in the ongoing and endless work of deciding what cultural studies and its intervention can be. -- Dave Huddart, Chinese Unievrsity of Hong Kong Borderlands e-journal In the first sustained scholarly assessment of the scandal of post-Marxism Bowman traces the struggle -- both intellectual and political -- of academic Marxism to keep its footing on the long march through the institution. As the "versus" that hinges his title suggests, neither post-Marxism nor Cultural Studies remain unscathed by Bowman's staging of this face off. Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies rewards the serious reader concerned to come to terms with the discursive politics of the contemporary university. -- John Mowitt, Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota This is an exciting field which is beginning to open up a sustained "thinking about" politics from a post-structuralist perspective ! This is an ambitious book which will make a significant impact in its field. -- Martin McQuillan, Professor of Cultural Theory and Analysis, University of Leeds This book offers a much-needed contribution to a delayed debate on the orientation of both disciplines. Its discussion of the relation between academic work and the institutional political terrain will attract specialised readers in particular. -- Hakki Tas, Yale University Political Studies Review ! this book will be indispensable in the ongoing and endless work of deciding what cultural studies and its intervention can be. In the first sustained scholarly assessment of the scandal of post-Marxism Bowman traces the struggle -- both intellectual and political -- of academic Marxism to keep its footing on the long march through the institution. As the "versus" that hinges his title suggests, neither post-Marxism nor Cultural Studies remain unscathed by Bowman's staging of this face off. Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies rewards the serious reader concerned to come to terms with the discursive politics of the contemporary university. This is an exciting field which is beginning to open up a sustained "thinking about" politics from a post-structuralist perspective ! This is an ambitious book which will make a significant impact in its field. This book offers a much-needed contribution to a delayed debate on the orientation of both disciplines. Its discussion of the relation between academic work and the institutional political terrain will attract specialised readers in particular.»

Acknowledgements; Preface; One - Cultural Studies and Post-Marxism; Introduction: Of Deconstruction into Politics; The Text of Cultural Studies; The Problem with the Text; The Institutional Articulation and Dissemination of Texts and Discourses; Two - Cultural Studies versus Post-Marxism; Two Texts of Cultural Studies; Stuart Hall's Closure versus Post-Marxist Discourse; The Political Disciplinary Object; Textual versus Discourse Analysis; Cultural Studies versus Political Analysis; The Object of the Subject; Deconstruction versus Post-Marxism; Three - Theory versus Practice; Practice versus Theory; Theory versus Practice; Post-Marxist Theory and Practice; Banal Pragmatism versus High Theory; The (Dis)Articulation of Theory and Practice; Knaves versus Fools; Investments and Institutions; Four - Post-Marxist Cultural Studies' Theory, Politics and Intervention; Relations and Effects; The Necessity of Articulation; The Necessity of Institution; The (Dis)Articulation of Post-Marxism and Politics; For a New Intervention; The Necessity of Deconstruction; Bibliography; Index.
Paul Bowman is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He is editor of Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice (2003) and co-editor of The Truth of ae'iae'ek (2007).