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Research Methods for Cultural Studies

Edited by Michael Pickering

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This new textbook addresses the neglect of practical research methods in cultural studies. It provides readers with clearly written overviews of research methods in cultural studies, along with guidelines on how to put these methods into operation. It advocates a multi-method approach, with students drawing from a pool of techniques and approaches suitable for their own topics of investigation.

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Contents

Introduction - Michael Pickering
SECTION ONE: LIVES AND LIVED EXPERIENCE
1. Experience and the Social World - Michael Pickering
2. Stories and the Social World - Steph Lawler
SECTION TWO: PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
3. Investigating Cultural Producers - Aeron Davis
4. Investigating Cultural Consumers - Anneke Meyer
SECTION THREE: QUANTITY AND QUALITY
5. Why Counting Counts - David Deacon
6. Why Observing Matters - Virginia Nightingale
SECTION FOUR: TEXTS AND PICTURES
7. Analysing Visual Experience - Sarah Pink
8. Analysing Discourse - Martin Barker
SECTION FIVE: LINKING WITH THE PAST
9. Engaging with Memory - Emily Keigthley
10. Engaging with History - Michael Pickering

About the Author

Professor Michael Pickering teaches in the Social Sciences at Loughborough University. His most recent books include Researching Communications (2007); Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain (2008); Research Methods for Cultural Studies (2008); Popular Culture, a four-volume edited collection (2010). Rhythms of Labour: The History of Music at Work in Britain, co-written with Marek Korczynski and Emma Robertson, will appear in May 2013, published by Cambridge University Press.

Reviews

This book serves a double purpose: it features very useful ‘how to’ advice and guidance but Pickering and his contributors also take many of the assumptions and practices of cultural studies to task. This book is primarily aimed at upper level undergraduate and graduate students, but it would be a valuable resource across all areas of teaching.
- Geoff Lealand, University of Waikato, Media International Australia
Providing readers with a clear, concise overview of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to research methods in cultural studies, This book will be useful for undergraduate students of all aspects of cultural study from anthropology to media studies.
- Bookseller
Michael Pickering has assembled a fine and fascinating collection of articles from various scholars working in cultural studies. That the book consists of ten chapters plus an introduction and index makes it an ideal starter text for those beginning research… Of particular assistance to the course leader who may well select this book as a text for an undergraduate or graduate course is the Summary Key Points section which concludes each chapter. The clarity of these summary points, along with a Further Reading section, provides accessibility and focus that is always valuable for new scholars. Pickering intends his book to help establish methods training as an integral part of doing cultural studies. In this, he has succeeded… Pickering's text is likely to become a classic in the field and helpful to any and all interested in meaningful research within the social sciences.
- Allyson Jule, Trinity Western University, Canada, Qualitative Research
Research Methods for Cultural Studies is a brilliant book. It is inspiring, challenging, stroppy, provocative and well written. It has punch and passion ... This is the best book that has been written on cultural studies methods.
- Tara Babazon, University of Brighton, Times Higher Education

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