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ERIC Number: ED361816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 35
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The Crisis of the Discipline: Some Metatheoretical Reflections.
Kellner, Douglas
Communications scholars need to become aware of how the field of cultural studies enlarges and enriches the field of the study of culture and communications. Cultural theorists need to become more aware of how the cultural artifacts are mediated by a system of production and reception and pay more attention to communications research. Cultural studies should include analyses of the production of culture and the ways that dominant systems of production structure and inhibit specific forms, content, and effects in cultural studies. On the other hand, there are reductionist and scientistic communications research approaches to culture and communication that would benefit from broadening their vistas and utilizing the methods of cultural studies. An integrated approach is needed to combine the study of cultural production, analysis of cultural texts, and inquiry into their reception. A productive dialogue between cultural theorists and communications scholars could help overcome the bifurcation in the field that is now causing unnecessary conflict and tensions. Intense focus on the nature and functions of culture and communications can help produce better social theories and the study of culture and communications in turn could benefit from the application of social theories to its subject matter. (Fifteen notes are included. Contains 30 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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