Cultural Studies 50 Years On explores how the political, social and cultural contexts of the early 21st century influenced the object and method of doing cultural studies. In bringing together a historical reassessment of the Centre with present-day questions regarding the future of the field the aim is not to reduce cultural studies to the work of a single, now-defunct institution. Instead it aims to utilize what is a critical moment in the trajectory of the field in order to take stock of where it has come from and to explore where it might be going.
If you care about the current state of cultural studies, then you need this book.
If you care about the future of cultural studies, then you need this book.
Matthew Hilton is Professor of Social History at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several books including Smoking in British Popular Culture (Manchester, 2000), Prosperity for All: Consumer Activism in an Era of Globalisation (Cornell, 2009) and The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain (Oxford, 2013). He is an editor of Past and Present and is currently researching the history of humanitarianism and international aid and development.