Dust is a witty and highly original investigation into the development of modern history writing. This book considers how history writing belongs to the currents of thought shaping the modern world, and suggests that, like dust, the 'matter of history' can never go away or be erased.
This work offers an examination of Manchester's architecture, from its origins to the present-day rebuilding of the city centre. It follows Manchester's growth from a village to what many see as England's second city.
Using examples such as "Big Brother" and "Billy Elliot", Bignell offers a comprehensive, intelligent and readable introduction into the critical approach in contemporary media studies. This second edition includes sections on men's style magazines, docusoaps and "reality TV".
The first volume of Manchester University Press' 'Beginnings' series, which is based on Peter Barry's critically aclaimed bestseller, Beginning theoryThis brilliant digest offers a clear, step-by-step introduction to postmodernism on every discourse a. . . .
Frank and entertaining account of the University of Manchester's struggle to meet the Government’s demands for the rapid expansion of higher education in the 1950s and the 1960s. Looks at the University's ambitious building program: the controversial attempts to reform its constitution and improve its communications amid demands for greater democracy in the workplace, the struggle to retain its old pre-eminence in a competitive world where new ‘green field’ universities were rivalling older civic institutions. Tells the story, not just from the point of view of administrators and academics, but also from those of students and support staff (such as secretaries, technicians and engineers). Uses, not only official records, but also student newspapers, political pamphlets, and reminisences collected through interviews conducted by an experienced oral historian. The only book on the University of Manchester as a whole.
This book provides new and stimulating perspectives on how Kosovo has shaped the new Europe. It breaks down traditional assumptions in the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on recent events in Kosovo. The contributors challenge the epistemological definition of the Kosovo conflict, arguing that we should not only be concerned with the 'Kosovo out there', but also with the debate about what counts as security, and how our definition of security is shaped by various power and knowledge interests in Kosovo.
While gender has been the subject of extensive critical enquiry, the debate has focused primarily on the human, particularly the female, body. The spaces bodies occupy and the ways in which those spaces are depicted in landscape art has not, however, been subject to investigation. This book is the first sustained attempt to fill this gap in art history. Using approaches informed by cultural studies, feminism and psychoanalysis, this collection of essays charts the ways in which artists from the late eighteenth century to the present have used notions of femininity and masculinity to understand and interpret the landscape and how it is represented.
This study is about the different ways in which television represents the public, and how television recommends we conduct ourselves in all spheres of our lives. Taking Foucault's notion of governance - the conduct of conduct - Gareth Palmer applies it to a range of television formats which have loosely been described as reality TV. established practices addressing a certain form of citizen who had few channels to choose from, has been transmogrified. The new production climate has spawned a huge range of choices as the programmes have dizzyingly different approaches, intentions and aspirations. These hybrid formats - Big Brother, Video Diaries, Judge TV, Rikki Lake and Stupid Behaviour Caught on Tape - use a technology of discipline to produce confessions, revelations and transformations which render citizens more transparent than ever and can punish those of us who dare to be different. - license fee and tax evasion, street crime, even benefit fraud - the author shows how constant surveillance has come to equal good citizenship. documentary, programme production, media studies, sociology and politics.