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Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


A postgraduate unit of the University of Birmingham, important in the later development of C ultural STUDIES . The CCCS, founded in 1964 within an English Department by Richard H oggart (subsequent Directors were Stuart H all and Richard Johnson) instigated an energetic cross-disciplinary exploration of areas within media, youth culture, education, gender, and “race.” It became widely known for its combination of engaged political critique (concerned with I deology , H egemony , and struggles over meanings in everyday life), work on texts but also through ethnographic studies inside a framework of political and social change, and a restless exploration of theoretical frameworks. A practice of group work and writing by staff and student members (many of whom taught and published elsewhere, so helping to register cultural studies as a space within education), resulted in a series of working papers, a journal, and various influential books. CCCS later (1988) became a Department of Cultural Studies (within Social Sciences), developing undergraduate as well as higher degrees and producing its own journal and books. 1992 : Cultural Studies as Critical Theory . 1990 : Crusoe's Footprints . 1991 : New Times and Old Enemies . 1980 : Culture, Media, Language . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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