Communication and Culture introduces the key concepts and skills needed by students of communication studies, cultural studies, cultural studies and textual studies. From Saussure to Bourdieu, from Freud to Foucault, the authors outline a range of theoretical approaches to the study of communication and culture. Concepts are introduced in everyday contexts to demonstrate the essential skills of textual and visual analysis. The book focuses on the three primary systems of communication: spoken, written and visual. Examples are chosen from contemporary popular culture and common social and cultural practices in a range of media, including newspapers, magazines, television, film, politics, Internet discussions and ordinary speech.