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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.
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 theoristsLawrence Grossberg The University of North Carolina
David Walton offers an excellent introduction to the history of cultural studies as well as of its key theories such as structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis and discourse analysis. Each chapter is self-contained so that it is very convenient to excerpts in class. Teaching "Introduction to Cultural Studies", I very much appreciate Walton's pragmatic approach to theoretical concepts. The way he exemplifies abstract ideas is perfect for first- and second-year students of cultural studies.
A comprehensive and well-balanced text that brings valuable insights in different aspect of cultural theory.
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.
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
Too specific for my applied social science students
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.
Great text with some relevance to current teaching.
To general and vague
The tone just wasn't the right "fit" for the course.
Nice background to the study of popular culture.
This is a challenging but rewarding read for advanced undergraduate, final year students.
It is also an excellent introduction for non-cognate postgraduates entering a media studies programmes. The writing is to a high standard and creates the perfect platform for students to develop their critical skills and engage with the key theorists in the area.
The book 'Doing Cultural Theory' is rich in its dicussion of all one needs to know when doing serious and qualitative work in cultural studies. Theory helps authors to navigate the journey they choose to undertake. Thus, this book will be a good companion in such journey - Dr S.E. Usadolo
a fantastic book for all students wanting to broaden horizons into aspects of cultural studies.
using a few parts of this book in class, but recommending use for higher seminars -- too advanced for our purposses in this introduction module
Good overviews of cultural theories.
Accesible work which will help undergraduates understand key idea in cultural theory
Comprehensive and clear introduction to a complex area. Well-designed and structured.
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