From culturalism to transculturalism

Lewis, J 2002, 'From culturalism to transculturalism', Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, no. 1, pp. 14-32.


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Title From culturalism to transculturalism
Author(s) Lewis, J
Year 2002
Journal name Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 32
Total pages 18
Publisher University of Iowa
Abstract My aim in this paper is to examine critically these recent developments in cultural studies in terms of a post-Gramscian cultural dynamic. This is not to suggest that the Gramscian paradigm is exhausted and I acknowledge that there are many very notable writers in the field who advocate the restoration (continuation) of a Gramscian theoretic (see Storey, McRobbie, Grossberg). My argument here is simply that the most recent incarnations of the self-defining cultural studies movement have centered on two quite specific readings of Foucault. In order to advance our understanding of culture it seems necessary to examine these readings, most especially as cultural studies seeks to establish itself as the evolutionary descendant of the traditional disciplines. The current essay, in fact, suggests an alternative to the Foucaultian cultural dichotomy, one which seeks to maximize the heuristic efficacy of hegemony theory and poststructuralism. To this extent, I suggest that the concept of 'transculturalism' takes us beyond Johnson's original notion of 'culturalism' through the integration of a political aesthetics with a cultural civics.
Subject Media Studies
Copyright notice © 2002 University of Iowa
ISSN 0743-2747
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