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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Passion for Cultural Studies

ISBN 9781403997173
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Impressively accessible and packed with key theory and concepts, this book is a vivid introduction to cultural studies. Each chapter takes engaging examples from everyday life and uses them to explore core issues, from migration to mass media. This book encourages all students of culture and media to become passionate about cultural studies.

BEN HIGHMORE is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction, Cityscapes and Michel de Certeau, and is also editor of The Everyday Life Reader and The Design Culture Reader.

Introduction: Passionate Cultures
Bitter Tastes
The Feeling of Structures
The Lure of Things
Keeping in Touch
Events of the Heart
Beginnings (In Place of an Ending)
Further Reading 


Ben Highmore has written the book that students and teachers of cultural studies have long been waiting for. The text intervenes convincingly into some entrenched and ongoing debates and disputes, and in doing so offers a lot more than a mere introduction. It offers a way to make sense of culture that is at once compelling, eminently reliable, persuasive and authoritative. A Passion for Cultural Studies is an exceptional text.' - Paul Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
'Modest in scope, persistent in pursuit of its topic, even avowedly personal and sentimental at times, this short book promises to be a long player: it will spark students' engagement in the animating debates and questions of cultural studies. In short: A Passion for Cultural Studies delivers on the promise of its title.' – Richard Stamp, Senior Lecturer of Media and Cultural Studies, Bath Spa University
'The engaging quality of this text is in no small part due to the supple and resourceful way that Highmore reinvents the concept of 'passion', tearing it away from its poly-saturated use within commodity advertising, and casting it as the touchstone for a global debate about how and why we care about what we care about. For those who care about the contemporary fate of Cultural Studies, this is a text that demands attention.' – John Mowitt, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Minnesota
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