Week 7 – Cultural Studies: Barker; Chp. 14

Barker argues here that cultural studies have strong ties to politics, due to a culture’s subjects struggling over naming rights, establishing the norms of “common sense”, “power to create ‘official versions’, and the power to represent the legitimate social world.” (:404) These dynamics are tied up in the arms of the government, and those who both promulgate these norms and the policies and institutions said create to maintain power. I’d never thought about cultural studies as an operative of political science or studies, but there is some merit there. The pitfall would be, of course, how those in power dictated the manner of cultural studies which is tied to it. Barker is silent on this; what of the power to dictate, silence, or name those who study culture?

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~ by Brian Shope on February 24, 2008.

One Response to “Week 7 – Cultural Studies: Barker; Chp. 14”

  1. “The pitfall would be, of course, how those in power dictated the manner of cultural studies which is tied to it. Barker is silent on this; what of the power to dictate, silence, or name those who study culture?”

    Interesting, I wonder how Barker would respond to this? Is he (silently) defending himself?

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