Towards a new Cultural Studies

John O'Carroll, Chris Fleming

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    Cultural Studies is a field in which many scholars are employed, displacing other approaches to humanities and the study of the human. Despite the number of people involved in it, its early energetic promise has largely dissipated, as has its much trumpeted interdisciplinarity. Instead of trawling through the obvious intellectual shortcomings of this moribund research field, our article traces alternative approaches to the study of culture that have emerged in the field of generative anthropology. While still a nascent field, GA can claim an impressive intellectual history, and has great promise as a field of research into precisely those areas that cultural studies has claimed as its own. The article traces the nature of this promise by looking at parallels and contrasts between the two fields of study, and showing how GA - or something very much like it - might one day be a better and truer form of culture study both in terms of the genesis of the human in general and in individual culture-questions and scenarios in our time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-28
    Number of pages28
    JournalAnthropoetics: the journal of generative anthropolgy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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