Theory Key Names
Annotated list of scholars and terms, from the Instructors Manual and margin notes in the text
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Chapter 27—Cultural Studies
- Stuart Hall
- Late professor emeritus of sociology at Open University, Milton Keynes, England; during his life, a leading proponent of cultural studies.
- Cultural Studies
- Neo-Marxist critique that sets forth the position that mass media manufacture consent for dominant ideologies.
- The mental frameworks which different classes and social groups deploy in order to make sense of the way society works.
- Democratic pluralism
- The myth that society is held together by common norms such as equal opportunity, respect for diversity, one person-one vote, individual rights, and rule of law.
- The process of speaking out on oppression and linking that subjugation with media representations; the work of cultural studies.
- Economic determinism
- The belief that human behavior and relationships are ultimately caused by a difference in financial resources and the disparity in power that those gaps create.
- Cultural industries
- The producers of culture; television, radio, music, film, fashion, magazines, newspapers, etc.
- The subtle sway of society’s haves over its have-nots.
- Michel Foucault
- A leading twentieth-century French philosopher who believed signs and symbols are inextricably linked to mass media messages and that the frameworks people use to interpret them are provided through the dominant discourse of the day.
- Discursive formation
- The process by which unquestioned and seemingly natural ways of interpreting the world becomes ideologies.
- Larry Frey
- Communication scholar from the University of Colorado who advocated for action to address wrongs with social justice sensibility—the ethical conviction that none of us are truly free while others of us are oppressed.
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