A Question of Discipline: Pedagogy, Power, and the Teaching of Cultural Studies

By Joyce E. Canaan; Debbie Epstein | Go to book overview

About the Book and Editors

Paradoxically, in spite of its origins in and the early allegiances to Adult Education, Cultural Studies as a field of scholarship has not paid significant attention to questions of pedagogy. In contrast, A Question of Discipline: Pedagogy, Power, and the Teaching of Cultural Studies draws together reflexive practitioners of Cultural Studies from the UK, United States, Australia, and Spain to consider their practices as teachers in higher education. In a lively and accessible collection, the various authors raise questions about the nature of knowledge, the relationship between theory and practice, and the simultaneously political and intellectual project that constitutes Cultural Studies in its specific geopolitical and historical locations. This book will be essential reading for all involved in teaching, researching, and studying Cultural Studies and will also be an invaluable resource for those interested in questions of pedagogy in higher education more generally.

Joyce E. Canaan is senior lecturer and course director of the Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Research Methodology in the Department of Sociology, University of Central England in Birmingham. She has published extensively on British and U.S. youth, including coauthoring Common Culture (with Paul Willis, Simon Jones , and Geoff Hurd, 1990) and, most recently, a chapter in Understanding Masculinities: Social Relations and Cultural Arenas, edited by Maírtín Mac an Ghaill ( 1996). She is currently researching processes of grading in higher education and the cultural construction of illness in relation to repetitive strain injury.

Debbie Epstein is senior lecturer in Women's Studies and Education at the University of London Institute of Education, where she is based in the Centre for Research and Education on Gender and the academic group Culture, Communication and Societies. She has published widely on "race," gender, and sexuality in education. Recent books include Challenging Lesbian and Gay Inequalities in Education ( 1994), and Border Patrols: Policing the Boundaries of Heterosexuality, coedited with Deborah Lynn Steinberg and Richard Johnson ( 1997).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • 1 - Questions of Discipline/ Disciplining Cultural Studies 1
  • Notes 9
  • References 10
  • 2 - Theory, Area Studies, Cultural Studies: Issues of Pedagogy in Multiculturalism 11
  • Notes 23
  • References 25
  • 3 - Doing Cultural Studies in Colleges of Education 27
  • Notes 39
  • References 40
  • 4 - Teaching Without Guarantees: Cultural Studies, Pedagogy, and Identity 42
  • Notes 69
  • References 71
  • 5 - 'It Ain't like Any Other Teaching': Some Versions of Teaching Cultural Studies 74
  • Notes 93
  • References 95
  • 6 - Mediating Desire: Visual Representation, Power, and Informed Consent in Teaching Feminist Cultural Studies 97
  • Notes 115
  • References 115
  • 7 - Teaching/Cultural Studies (or Pedagogy for 'World'-Travellers/ 'World'-Travelling Pedagogy) 117
  • Notes 128
  • References 128
  • 8 - Mirrors, Paintings, and Romances 131
  • Notes 151
  • References 154
  • 9 - Examining the Examination: Tracing the Effects of Pedagogic Authority on Cultural Studies Lecturers and Students 157
  • Notes 175
  • References 177
  • 10 - The Voice of Authority: on Lecturing in Cultural Studies 178
  • Notes 189
  • References 191
  • 11 - All Roads Lead to . . . Problems with Discipline 192
  • Notes 201
  • References 203
  • About the Book and Editors 205
  • About the Contributors 206
  • Index 208
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