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date: 26 May 2022

cultural studies and film 

A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s from a range of subject areas, including literary theory, sociology, and anthropology, to examine relations of culture and power. Culture is broadly defined to include all cultural forms that can be said to shape values, beliefs, habit, taste, and behaviour; particular focus has been on those associated with the mass media, including print journalism, radio, film, and television. Cultural studies engages directly with how cultural values, meanings, and identities are established through cultural representations and institutions, especially in relation to social class, gender, ethnicity (and colonialism), and sexuality. The discipline is rooted in, and largely retains, a leftist commitment to producing engaged knowledge, regarding culture as evidence of how power operates in order that its abuses might be resisted and progressive change effected.... ...

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