Moving world-systems analysis into the cultural realm, Richard E. Lee locates the cultural studies movement within a broad historical and geopolitical framework. He illuminates how order and conflict have been reflected and negotiated in the sphere of knowledge production by situating the emergence of cultural studies at the intersection of post-1945 international and British politics and a two-hundred-year history of conservative critical practice. Tracing British criticism from the period of the French Revolution through the 1960s, he describes how cultural studies in its infancy recombined the elite literary critical tradition with the First New Left's concerns for history and popular culture-just as the liberal consensus began to come apart.Lee tracks the intellectual project of cultural studies as it developed over three decades, beginning with its institutional foundation at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). He links work at the CCCS to the events of 1968 and explores cultural studies' engagement with theory in the debates on structuralism. He considers the shift within the discipline away from issues of working-class culture toward questions of identity politics in the fields of race and gender. He follows the expansion of the cultural studies project from Britain to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. Contextualizing the development and spread of cultural studies within the longue duree structures of knowledge in the modern world-system, Lee assesses its past and future as an agent of political and social change.
Richard E. Lee is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director of the Fernand Braudel Center at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 Part One: From Category to Institution 1. The Politics of Culture I: Limits of Possibilities, 1945-1968 11 2. The Politics of Culture II: Tensions of Continuity, 1790-1968 35 Part Two: From Alliance to Bandwagon 3. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies I 73 4. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies II 108 5. A Rose by Any Other Name? The Wide World and Many Modes of Cultural Studies 140 Part Three: From Resistance to Transition 6. Conjunctural Knowledge I: Structures of Order, 1945-1968 173 7. Conjunctural Knowledge II: Patters of Disarray, 1968 and After 192 8. The Near Future of the Long Term: A Bricoleur's World 206 Notes 215 Works Cited 237 Index 267