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CULTURAL STUDIES Tradition: Critical Context: Mass/Media Approach: Interpretive; Critical Developed by Stewart Hall Born in Jamaica (British colony 1932) Moved to UK in 1957 Founded Birmingham School of Cultural Studies Presumes media represents dominant ideologies, and therefore most media representations are controlled by a small number of people (the Elite) Explores attitudes, approaches, and criticisms of cultue, most of which are transmitted via media Based on ideas of Karl Marx The Elite vs the Proliterate Assumptions Culture pervades and invades all facets of human behavior. People are part of a hierarchial structure of power. Karl Marx (1818-1883) Wrote The Communist Manifesto 1848 Ironincally perceived as 1 of 3 founders of social science Being in charge led to the ability to control one’s destiny The class system is perpetuated because those in charge are not willing to give up power Consequently, the working class, those not in power, or those whose voice cannot be heard in mainstream media, are oppressed Alientation – perception that one has little control over the future
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