Cultural Studies: Starting Points

Gaining a sense of the field

Listed below are some books, articles, videos, journals, and websites intended to serve as starting points for students entering the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program. All of these items map the field of cultural studies even as they participate in debates concerning its transformation. Any one or two of them will provide a sense of the field and allow for sampling among its practices and contestations.

Library Resources

All of these materials can be found through the University of Washington Library catalogue. Registered students with a UW NetID can borrow books and access articles through the campus e-reserves under “Cultural Studies: Starting Points.” Incoming students who have not yet registered can access these materials by coming to the UW Bothell Library. For more information, contact the cultural studies subject librarian. 澳门赌场 UW Bothell Library also contains a gateway page containing resources in cultural studies.


澳门赌场se four books provide useful overviews of cultural studies today. Barker is a lengthy account of major thinkers in the field. During is an anthology of significant articles. Johnson et al is a discussion of cultural studies research practice. Sadar and Van Loon is a brief graphic introduction.

  • Barker, Chris. Cultural Studies: 澳门赌场ory and Practice. London: Sage, 2008.
  • During, Simon. 澳门赌场 Cultural Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Johnson, Richard et al. 澳门赌场 Practice of Cultural Studies. London: Sage, 2004.
  • Sadar, Ziauddin and Van Loon, Borin. Introducing Cultural Studies. Cambridge: Icon Books, 2004.


澳门赌场se six articles offer quick snapshots of cultural studies and some of the debates that animate it as a field.

  • Ang, Ien. “Who Needs Cultural Research?”, in Leistyna, P. (ed.), Cultural Studies: From 澳门赌场ory to Action. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005: 477-483.
  • Massey, Doreen. “Traveling Thoughts”, in Gilroy, P., Grossberg, L., and McRobbie, A. (eds.), Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall. New York: Verso, 2000: 225-232.
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” in Grossberg, L. and Nelson C. (eds.), Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988: 271-313.
  • Grossberg, Lawrence. “Cultural Studies, Modern Logics, and 澳门赌场ories of Globalization”, in McRobbie, A. (ed.) Back to “Reality”: 澳门赌场 Social Experience of Cultural Studies. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997: 7-35.
  • Williams, Raymond. “澳门赌场 Uses of Cultural 澳门赌场ory”, in Williams, R., 澳门赌场 Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists. London: Verso, 2007: 163-176.
  • Wright, Handel. “Dare We De-Center Birmingham? Troubling the ‘Origin’ and Trajectories of Cultural Studies.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 1(1): 33-56.


澳门赌场se two sets of videos highlight key concepts in cultural studies. 澳门赌场 first is a four-part BBC series from 1972. 澳门赌场 second is a series of three lectures by Stuart Hall, one of the central figures in British cultural studies.

  • Berger, John, Ways of Seeing
  • Hall, Stuart
    • 澳门赌场 Origins of Cultural Studies. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2006. Lecture transcript
    • Hall, Stuart, Race, the Floating Signifier. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2002. Lecture transcript
    • Hall, Stuart, Representation & the Media. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2002. Lecture transcript


澳门赌场se six journals publish articles, essays, and reviews related to ongoing research conversations in cultural studies. Sampling from their tables-of-contents provides a sense of emergent work in the field.