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Doing Cultural Theory


August 2012 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Doing Cultural Theory is a textbook and a toolkit that teaches the basics of cultural theory, unpacks its complexities with real-life examples, and shows readers how to link theory and practice.

Key Features

  • Offers accessible introductions to how cultural studies has engaged with key theories in structuralism, poststructuralism and postmodernism
  • Teaches straightforward ways of practicing these theories so students learn to think for themselves
  • Uses 'Practice' boxes to show students how to apply cultural theory in the real world
  • Guides students through the literature with carefully selected further reading recommendations

Other textbooks only show how others have analyzed and interpreted the world. Doing Cultural Theory takes it a step further and teaches students step-by-step how to do cultural theory for themselves.

 
Introducing Cultural Studies: A Brief Contextual History
 
Structuralism and the Linguistic Turn: Ferdinand de Saussure
 
Semiotics: Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes and Stuart Hall
 
Ideology: Marxism and Louis Althusser
 
Post-Structuralism: Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida
 
Doing Deconstruction: Techniques for Practice
 
Psychoanalysis: Jacques Lacan
 
Applying Lacan: Techniques for Feminist and other forms of Cultural Analysis
 
Discourse and Power: Michel Foucault
 
Gender and Sexuality: Judith Butler
 
The Postmodern Condition: Daniel Bell, Jean-François Lyotard and J rgen Habermas
 
Identity and Consumption: Jean Baudrillard
 
Postmodernism Unplugged: Fredric Jameson
 
Practising Cultural Studies: Hegemony and Cognitive Mapping
 
Where to Go from Here: Cognitive Mapping and the Critical Project of Cultural Studies

Doing Cultural Theory will be a very useful tool for any student trying to make sense of the vast expanses of contemporary cultural theory and criticism. Well-written and admirably self-reflective, it combines rigorous explications and applications of many of the most influential concepts and theorists
Lawrence Grossberg
The University of North Carolina


Accessible and insightful throughout; offering help to both experienced and inexperienced students of cultural theory. Highly recommended
John Storey
The University of Sunderland



The greatest strength of David Walton’s book is that it systematically engages with these difficult theories...it is a serious attempt to ‘translate’ the main concepts of French Cultural Theory for an Anglo-Saxon readership.

Karen Bennett
Centre for English Studies, University of Lisbon
Cultural Studies Journal

Teachers who know this work will not be surprised to read that I am recommending it to our MA students – and to some of our final year BA students – because it is, as others have said, a tool-kit as well as a textbook. Walton is committed to helping students mature in learning how to integrate theory and praxis, and this comes through clearly. He provides excellent introductions to engagement with structuralism, poststructuralism and postmodernism, and his goal is always to help students to think and evaluate for themselves. The many 'Practice' boxes, taking students directly into the issues around applying cultural theory, are also a great teaching aid for class sessions.

Dr Walter Riggans
Cliff College, Cliff College
November 5, 2015

A fantastic introduction to cultural theory and its application to research. The author uses current explames to illustrate the points and introduces theory in an esy to grasp manner. It covers all the major theories that one would need to know when engaging in cultural studies

Mr Fergus Hogan
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
May 22, 2015

Too specific for my applied social science students

Dr Mark Taylor
Department of Marketing, Leisure and Tourism, Sligo Institute of Technology
March 24, 2015

This book will be recommended not only to our fourth year post-graduate students, but also to our MA and PhD students. It is ideal for any student/scholar who is doing application-based work/research in both mass communication studies and cultural studies. The emphasis, as the title clearly states, is on DOING, and is a practical guide to applying difficult concepts such as phenomenology, to application. A wonderful find.

Professor Beschara Karam
Department of Communicatin Science, University of South Africa
February 12, 2015

Great text with some relevance to current teaching.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
May 16, 2014

To general and vague

Dr Berndt Clavier
Interdiscipline , Malmo University
February 21, 2014

The tone just wasn't the right "fit" for the course.

Melissa Camacho
Broadcast Electronic Comm Dept, San Francisco State University
October 30, 2013

Nice background to the study of popular culture.

Dr Joanie Willett
Department of Politics, Exeter University
June 24, 2013

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