Volume 2- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 6: Cultural studies curriculum concepts
· 6 · cultural studies curriculum concepts Introduction In this chapter I discuss some of the major themes that have emerged from re- cent literature in the interstices of cultural studies and curriculum theory. This chapter will focus mostly on youth cultures and the popular. Popular culture in the context of youth is what most curriculum studies scholars focus on in this area, although some see cultural studies more broadly as the study of cultures generally. Some argue that limiting the focus to what is popular is too narrow. For instance, Shirley Steinberg and Joe Kincheloe (1997) argue, Cultural studies has something to do with the effort to produce an interdisciplinary (or counterdisciplinary) way of studying…cultural practices in historical, social, and theoretical contexts. Refusing to equate “culture” with high culture, cultural studies attempts to examine the diversity of a society’s artistic, institutional, and communi- cative expressions often ignored by the traditional social sciences, cultural studies is often equated with the study of popular culture. Such an equation is misleading.… Indeed, the interests of cultural studies are much broader and include in particular the “rules” of academic study itself…what can and cannot be said, who speaks. (p. 5) Part of the reason cultural studies also concerns the “rules” of who can say what in academe is because still today in many universities writing about what 174 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 is popular is unacceptable and not thought to be scholarship. Who defines what scholarship is, is a political question. Cultural...
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