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From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure : The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies - David Harris

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure

The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies

Hardcover Published: 29th October 1992
ISBN: 9780415062237
Number Of Pages: 244

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"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 Notep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The Context: Breaking into Marxismp. 7
Floating Signifiersp. 30
Struggle and Educationp. 48
Youth and Symbolic Politicsp. 77
The Crisis and Its Consequencesp. 96
The Mass Media: Politics and Popularityp. 112
Positioning, Pleasure, and the Media Audiencep. 129
Leisure, Pleasure, Sport and Tourismp. 147
Gramscian Politicsp. 174
Conclusionp. 195
Bibliographyp. 206
Name Indexp. 215
Subject Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415062237
ISBN-10: 0415062233
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 29th October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1