Commentary: Rethinking the politics of voice

Couldry, Nick. 2009. Commentary: Rethinking the politics of voice. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23(4), pp. 579-582. ISSN 1030-4312 [Article]

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The project of cultural studies has, for some time, lacked a focus. The once critical idea of paying attention to popular culture and its investments, now comfortably institutionalized, has lost its critical edge; and, in my view at least, conjunctural analysis is by itself too general a procedure to yield distinctive results. But a fuller engagement with the problems of democracy still retains the bite of cultural studies' earlier interventions. This is the type of intervention that the Listening Project promises, bringing to mind both Raymond Williams' original urgent challenges to formal democratic culture and, in its cross-disciplinary ambition, Williams' protest that there was no specific discipline where he could pose the questions that mattered to those whose voices he encountered in the process of teaching (communicating about) culture (Williams 1961, 10).

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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15 Oct 2010 09:25

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