"From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure" arises from reading and teaching Gramscian work in cultural studies, education, media studies, leisure and politics over the last twenty years. It argues that Gramscian work is undoubtedly powerful and persuasive. Indeed by the 1990s one can almost say that it has become the governing orthodoxy. Harris reads the work critically and in detail, tracing arguments across time and across different specialisms, assessing them, and trying to examine how they deal with critics and with challenging topics. He maintains that cultural studies contains many absences, silences and closures, and that it deploys a number of narrative techniques to remain credible.
Wide-ranging and critical, "From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure" is an ideal critical assessment of one of the most fashionable and powerful intellectual traditions in contemporary social science. This book will help students to critically read Gramscian work and decide where its strengths and weaknesses lie for themselves, making them less dependent on the Gramscians' own accounts and agendas.
"This is a fine study . . . I recommend this book strongly."
-Roland Robertson, University of Pittsburgh
"This is by far the most complete and critical analysis of cultural studies which we possess. It is organized logically and written in a clear and accessible style. The criticisms of Gramsci's legacy with respect to data, narrowness, exclusive definitions of truth, elitism, circularity of argument, posturing etc., are well developed. An obvious undergraduate textbook."
-Bryan S. Turner, Essex University
"Harris not only offers us a glimpse into their [Gramscians'] individual and collective intellectual growth, but also raises critical and perceptive questions about the strengths and weaknesses of appropriating Gramscian theory as a model of political praxis and cultural contestation."
-"Harvard Educational Review
|Author's Note||p. viii|
|The Context: Breaking into Marxism||p. 7|
|Floating Signifiers||p. 30|
|Struggle and Education||p. 48|
|Youth and Symbolic Politics||p. 77|
|The Crisis and Its Consequences||p. 96|
|The Mass Media: Politics and Popularity||p. 112|
|Positioning, Pleasure, and the Media Audience||p. 129|
|Leisure, Pleasure, Sport and Tourism||p. 147|
|Gramscian Politics||p. 174|
|Name Index||p. 215|
|Subject Index||p. 219|
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Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 29th October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1