Among the topics covered are: theories of media, communication and ideology; the influence of electronic communication; popular and high culture; the interpretation of art and literature; the impact of feminism in cultural studies; advertising and the consumer culture; and theories of modernism and postmodernism. The contributors include many of the major figures involved in current debates, including Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Peter Burger, Mary-Ann Caws, Joanne Finkelstein, Jürgen Habermas, Stuart Hall, J. F. Lyotard, John B. Thompson, Janet Wolff and others.
1. Social Theory, Mass Communication and Public Life:.
2. Saussure and the Origin of Semiotics:.
Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress.
3. The Field of Cultural Production: Pierre Bourdieu.
4. Critique of Commodity Aesthetics: W. F. Haug.
5. Critical Theory and the Consumer Society: Douglas Kellner.
6. The Emergence of the Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas.
7. The Theory of the Public Sphere:.
A Critical Appraisal: John Thompson.
8. The Dynamics of Electronic Networks: G. J. Mulgan.
9. The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media:.
10. The Question of Cultural Identity: Stuart Hall.
11. Baudrillard and TV Ads: Mark Poster.
12. Postmodernist Sensibility: Scott Lash and John Urry.
13. The Decline of Modernism: Peter Burger.
Part II: Media Representation:.
14. Media Sport: John Hargreaves.
15. Ten Theses on Children and Television:.
Bob Hodge and David Tripp.
16. The Emergence of the Consumer Society: Robert Bocock.
17. Women and Soap Opera: Christine Geraghty.
18. Feminist Romance: Anne Cranny-Francis.
19. The Invisable Flaneuse:.
Women and the Literature of Modernity: Janet Wolff.
20. The Myth of Marilyn Monroe: Graham McCann.
Part III: Reading Popular Culture:.
21. A Message from Kakania:.
Freud, Music, Criticism: Malcom Bowie.
22. The Analysis of Popular Music: John Shepherd.
23. Music for Pleasure: Simon Frith.
24. Comic Subversions:.
Comedy as Strategy in Feminist Theatre: Lizbeth Goodman.
25. Gilbert and Sullivan:.
The Making and Unmaking of a British 'Tradition': David Cannadine.
26. The Great Reception:.
Surrealism and Kandinsky's Inner Eye: Mary Ann Caws.
27. Barthes on Theatre: Michael Moriarty.
28. Fashion, Taste and Eating Out: Joanne Finkelstein.
29. The Sublime and the Avant Garde: Jean Francois Lyotard.
30. The Exorcist and The Omen or Modern and Postmodern Limits to Knowledge: Zygmunt Bauman.