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Culture and Power

Ac(unofficial)knowledging Cultural Studies in Spain

David Walton and Dagmar Scheu

This book gathers together essays by international cultural scholars, including a small group of academics within the growing, interdisciplinary area that is cultural studies on the Iberian Peninsula. The contributors to this volume use the idea of unofficial knowledge(s) as an interpretive device to reflect on forms of power within culture(s). The contributions are divided into two parts: part one includes papers which focus on a variety of cultural products or practices in order to explore ideological issues like class, race or ethnicity, sex or sexuality and to link them to questions of representation, identity and power. In part two there is a group of studies that shares these thematic concerns but has grown out of socio-linguistics, pragmatics, critical discourse analysis, intercultural relations research and ethnographic analysis.
Contents: David Walton/Dagmar Scheu: General Introduction – David Walton: Producing Unofficial Knowledge(s) in Spain: the (Cultural) Politics of Exclusion – John Frow/David Walton: Hegemony and the Articulation of Otherness: Some Theses – Chris Weedon: Discourses of Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary British Culture – Rosa González: The Myth of the Family in Irish Catholic Discourse – Cynthia J. Miller: Relations of Absence: the Imaginative Spaces called ‘Homelands’ – Dora Sales: Vikram Chandra’s Love and Longing in Bombay: the Order of Emotion – Chantal Cornut-Gentille d’Arcy: Laughter Can Be About Power. The World of Women’s Magazines in Absolutely Fabulous – Mónica Calvo Pascual: Fried Green Tomatoes: Lesbian Erasure and Unofficial Challenge – Glenn Jordan: Whose Story is it? On the Multiple Births of Cultural Studies – Álvaro Pina: Going out of Bounds: Cultural Studies, the Academic Establishment, and the Official Politics of Knowledge – Dav(o)id Walton: Creative-critickle Acts and the Theo-heretical Magnidefying Glass: a Foolosophy of the Uncannyscious and the Un-off-ish-al Production of Knowledge – Lawrence Normand: Witchcraft and Kingship in the North Berwick. Witch Hunt and Shakespeare’s Macbeth – Fiona Dean: A Reconnaissance of the Fortress: Dismantling Hegemony in the Arts and Education – Paloma Fresno Calleja: ‘An Apple for the Teacher’: Un/Official Schools and Ways of Teaching in Bicultural New Zealand – Alvino E. Fantini: ESOL: International Language, Intercultural Challenge – Fernando Prieto Ramos: Europe and its Others: Implicit Ideologies in Official Discourses of Tolerance – José Saura Sánchez/Dagmar Scheu: Unofficial Assumption of Primary Teachers about Ethnic Minorities in Spanish State Schools – Patricia Bou-Franch: Misunderstandings and Unofficial Knowledge in Institutional Discourse – María Dolores García-Pastor: Face Aggravation, Mitigation, and ‘Unofficial’ Power in a Political Campaign Debate.