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"Cultural Studies." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 198-201. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
A set of 'signifying practices' that produce meaning to a population or society.Popular culture Studies are concerned with how meaning is constructed and produced through material and non material artifacts in a common culture.
Process with which cultural artifacts are created and consumed. In a Cultural Studies context often considered as part of the idea construction process and involving power structures.
Creator encodes document with own cultural perspective- disseminates- audience decodes based on their own meaning- making
This Article breaks it down nicely:
Title: Relearning Race: Teaching Race as a Cultural Construction
Author(s): Joel M. Sipress
Source: The History Teacher, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Feb., 1997), pp. 175-185
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/494572
Key Concepts in Literary Theory presents the student of literary and critical studies with a broad range of accessible, precise and authoritative definitions of the most significant terms and concepts currently used in psychoanalytic, poststructuralist, Marxist, feminist, and postcolonialliterary studies. The volume also provides clear and useful discussions of the main areas of literary, critical and cultural theory, supported by bibliographies and an expanded chronology of major thinkers. Accompanying the chronology are short biographies of major works by each critic or theorist.This 3rd edition is both revised and expanded and includes:* 100+ additional terms and concepts, clearly defined* the addition in particular of keywords from the social sciences, cultural studies and psychoanalysis and a broader selection of classical rhetorical terms* an expanded chronology, with additional entries and a broader historical and cultural range* expanded bibliographies including key texts by major critics.This is a must-read for any student wishing to improve his or her critical writing.
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