Research Methods for Cultural Studies

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Martin Barker is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published thirteen books of research, including (with Roger Sabin) The Lasting of the Mohicans: History of an American Myth (University Press of Mississippi, 1996); (edited, with Julian Petley) Ill Effects: the Media Violence Debate (Routledge, 1997 and 2001); (with Kate Brooks) Knowing Audiences: Judge Dredd, its Friends, Fans and Foes (University of Luton Press, 1998) which presented the findings of an eighteen-month ESRC-funded research project, and (with a contribution from Thomas Austin) From Antz To Titanic: Reinventing Film Analysis (Pluto, 2000). In 2001 he published the findings of a second ESRC project on the reception of David Cronenberg’s Crash in Britain in 1996–7 (The Crash Controversy: Censorship Campaigns and Film Reception, Wallflower Press 2001, co-researched and written with Jane Arthurs and Ramaswami Harindranath). His most recent book, Watching The Lord of the Rings (co-edited with Ernest Mathijs, Peter Lang, 2007), presents the main findings of the (ESRC-funded) world audience project on the reception of the Jackson/Tolkien movies. He is joint editor of the online journal Participations, which is devoted to audience and reception studies.

Dr Aeron Davis is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MA in Political Communications in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College. His research interests include promotional culture, media sociology and news production; public relations, politics and political communications; markets and economic sociology/cultural economy. He has conducted research on communications at Westminster, at the London Stock Exchange, amongst the major political parties and across the trade union movement. He has published on each of these topics in journals and edited collections, and is the author of Public Relations Democracy (Manchester University Press, 2002) and The Mediation of Power (Routledge, 2007). He is

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Figures vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Section One - Lives and Lived Experiences 15
  • Chapter 1 - Experience and the Social World 17
  • Chapter 2 - Stories and the Social World 32
  • Section Two - Production and Consumption 51
  • Chapter 3 - Investigating Cultural Producers 53
  • Chapter 4 - Investigating Cultural Consumers 68
  • Section Three - Quantity and Quality 87
  • Chapter 5 - Why Counting Counts 89
  • Chapter 6 - Why Observing Matters 105
  • Section Four - Texts and Pictures 123
  • Chapter 7 - Analysing Visual Experience 125
  • Chapter 8 - Analysing Discourse 150
  • Section 5 - Linking with the Past 173
  • Chapter 9 - Engaging with Memory 175
  • Chapter 10 - Engaging with History 193
  • Bibliography 214
  • Notes on Contributors 234
  • Index 237
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