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Cultural Critique

Edited By Norman K. Denzin

Cultural Critique is a research monograph series drawing frone those scholarly traditions in the social sciences and the humanities that are premised an critical, performance-based cultural studies agenda. Preference is given to experimental, risk-taking manuscripts that are at the intersection of interpretative theory, critical methodology, culture, media, history, biography, and social structure. Asserting that culture is best understood as a gendered performance, this international-researeh monograph series combines ethnography and critical textual approaches to the study of popular literature, media, myth, advertising, religion, science, cinema, television, and the new communication and information technologies. This new series creates a space for the study of those cultural practices and forms that shape the meanings of self, identity, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender in the contemorary world. Preference will be given to authors who engage a variety of critical qualitative, interpretive methodologies, from semiotics and critical textual analysis to interpretive and auto-ethnography, personal narrative, and the practices of investigative, civic, intimate, and immersion journalism. We seek non-conventional, experimental manuscripts. Qualitative methods are material and interpretive practices. They do not stand outside politics and cultural criticism. Critical methodologies advance the project of moral criticism. This spirit, critically imagining and pursuing a more democratic society, has been a guiding feature of cultural studies from the very beginning. Contributors to the Cultural Critique series will forward this project. They will take up such methodological and moral issues as the local and global, text and context, voice, writing for the other, and the author presence in the text. Cultural Critique understands that the discourses of a critical, moral methodology are basic to any effort to reengage the promise of the social sciences for democracy in the twenty-first century. Cultural Critique publishes works of ethnopoetry, auto-ethnography, creative non-fiction, performance texts, book reviews, and critical analyses of current media representations and formations. Projected contents (and contributors) will be drawn from scholarly traditions in the social sciences and humanities, including history, anthropology, sociology, communications, art history, education, American studies, kinesiology, performance studies, and English. The scope of submissions will be international.