Takes some of the most prominent theoretical approaches used in Cultural Studies and demonstrates the ways in which they are used to evaluate, analyse and interpret recent events, debates, topics and texts in contemporary society.
Pt 1. Bodies and embodiment. 1. Alternative therapies as disciplinary practices: the uses and limitations of a Foucauldian approach / Ruth Barcan -- 2. Body, gender, gurlesque, intersex / Vicki Crowley -- 3. Touching skin: emdodiment and the senses in the work of Ron Mueck / Anne Cranny-Francis -- Pt 2. Poststructuralism. 4. No peace without war, no war without peace: deconstructing war / Nick Mansfield -- 5. Eating the other: deconstructing the 'ethics' of cannibalism / Nicole Anderson -- 6. Tattooing: the bio-political inscription of bodies and selves / Nikki Sullivan -- Pt 3. Postmodernism. 7. Living with things: consumption, material culture and everyday life / Greg Noble -- 8. Flesh machines: self-making and the postmodern body / Elizabeth Stephen -- 9. Rrapping Irigaray: flesh, passion, world / Linnell Secomb -- Pt 4. Sex and sexuality. 10. Kung Fu fighting: doing action and negotiating masculintiy / Audrey Yue -- 11. Can't get you out of my head: consuming celebrity, producing sexual identity / Brett Farmer -- 12. Comics as everyday theory: the counterpublic world of Taiwanese women fans of Japanese homoerotic manga / Fran Martin -- Pt 5. Empire and globalisation. 13. What's so funny about Indian casinos? Comparative notes on gambling, white possession and popular culture in Australia and the USA / Fiona Nicoll -- 14. Beauty and the Bollywood star: stories of skin colour and transnational circulations of whiteness / Goldie Osuri -- 15. Visual cultures of Orientalism and empire: the Abu Ghraib images / Joseph Pugliese -- Pt 6. Ethnography. 16. From other to self and back: the curious history of ethnography / Bob Hodge -- 17. Talk table: doing-ethnography in the kitchen / Jean Duruz -- 18. Ethnografts / Katrina Schlunke -- Pt 7. Text, sensation and writing. 19. Metaphors of voice quality / Theo Van Leeuwen -- 20. 'Botanizing on the asphalt': Benjamin and practices of flanerie / Tara Forrest -- 21. Momentum / Stephen Muecke.