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Moving On? Excurses on Cultural Studies, Phenomenology, Bildung and Kultur

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This paper takes a meta-perspective on the theoretical grounding of cultural studies since the late 1970s. It suggests a realisation of the possibilities of both classic phenomenological thought for the field and cultural studies' continued connections to traditional cultural concepts such as Bildung and Kultur. Of particular importance are relations among cultural studies' semiotic-political and economic engagement with culture, phenomenological concepts of Umwelt and historical conceptions of Bildung and Kultur. While arguing that thinking through these relations provides an intellectual route forward for cultural studies, the paper recognises that such intellectual configurations also resonate with earlier models of cultural studies from the 1950s and '60s.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 2007

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