Hartley, J ~ Read thy self

Hartley, John
“Read thy self”: Text, Audience, and Method in Cultural Studies in White, M et al ~ Questions of Method in Cultural Studies

The “method” of cultural studies has had a controversial history, since from the start cultural studies was regarded by proponents and critics alike as an avant-garde enterprise – innovative or upstart, depending upon where one stood. As an interdisciplinary meeting ground there was no one “method.” Cultural studies itself became a site for debates about important issues that confronted knowledge institutions more generally.”

“As an interdisciplinary colloquy, cultural studies caused continuing methodological turbulence.”

“true interdisciplinarity remains still in the process of becoming”

“Cultural studies itself has a history of what I call “walking away syndrome” when confronted by difficult problems of method or the politics of its own knowledge. Problems were not worked through. Challenges were issued, then everyone started to think about something else.”

“In the world of formal academic knowledge it was quite possible that the situation was already reversed: there are more writers than readers.”

“it wasn’t the truth-seeking journalist or scientist who won the trust of the public (even by their own empirical standards, using their preferred statistical method). It was the rhetorical teachers, doctors, priests and professors who were trusted to “tell the truth.”” -> A poll about who people believe to tell the truth the most. Doctors won.

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