Archive for cultural studies

Subculture: the Meaning of Style

Posted in Books with tags , , on June 2, 2008 by frans

One of the key concepts for approaching ‘game cultures’ is the ‘subculture’. There is an entire tradition of scholarship dedicated to studies of subcultures and this book does nice job in explaining the fundamentals of the field.

Hebdige, Dick (1979) Subculture: the Meaning of Style. London: Methuen. Amazon preview available here.

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Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman

Posted in Books with tags on June 1, 2008 by frans

Cultural studies has many tools and approaches to offer to those interested in the complex signification and production processes surrounding digital games, too. This is an interesting book focused on various aspects of Sony Walkman.

du Gay, Paul, Stuart Hall, Linda Janes, Hugh Mackay and Keith Negus (1997) Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman. Culture, Media & Identities, Vol. 1. London: Sage Publications.

Game Cultures: Computer Games as New Media

Posted in Books with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

Many of the key analyses of contemporary games are based on cultural studies and media studies approaches; this book by Dovey and Kennedy is one of the more interesting ones.

Dovey, Jon and Helen W. Kennedy (2006) Game Cultures: Computer Games as New Media. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Preview available from Amazon.co.uk.