Culture and the City. Reappraising the Development of Culture and Cultural Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies (Birmingham School) - Ryan Service - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Studi di Sociologia Vita e Pensiero

Culture and the City. Reappraising the Development of Culture and Cultural Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies (Birmingham School)

newdigital Culture and the City. Reappraising the Development of Culture
and Cultural Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies
(Birmingham School)
Article
journal STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
issue STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2022 - 2
title Culture and the City. Reappraising the Development of Culture and Cultural Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies (Birmingham School)
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2022
doi 10.26350/000309_000139
issn 0039-291X (print) | 1827-7896 (digital)
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This paper examines the development of theory and practice at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS), popularly known as the Birmingham School, through the conceptual lens of the term culture. During the Centre’s  management by Richard Hoggart, Stuart Hall, and Richard Johnson there is a move from literary analysis as social analysis towards a practical theorising that enables practitioners to work with popular forms of cultural production,  before exposing the hidden narratives of individuals before a cultural product in its creation and usage. Using Ann Cullis’ 1988 text Telling Tales: A semio/graphy of Birmingham as a case study, the Centre’s different approaches to  culture are shown to be interconnected and insightful in revealing dynamics of social exclusion and gendered use of space within the very city where the Centre was operative.

keywords

Birmingham School, Cultural studies, Conjuncture, Practical theorising, Cultural production.

Author biography

Pontifical Gregorian University. Email: fr.ryan.service@rcaob.org.uk