The working practices of Birmingham's Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

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Abstract

This article offers a history of the working practices of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. Based on extensive interviews with former members and on research into a new archive of the Centre, housed in the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, it argues that cultural studies as practised in the 1970s was always a heterogeneous subject. The CCCS was heavily influenced by the events of 1968 when it tried to develop a new type of radical and collaborative research and teaching agenda. Despite Stuart Hall's efforts to impose a focused link between politics and academic practice, the agenda soon gave way to a series of diverse and fruitful initiatives associated with the ‘sub-groups’ model of research.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-311
JournalSocial History
Volume40
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Keywords

  • cultural studies, New Left, 1968, Stuart Hall, theory, working practices