|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of Geography|
|Subtitle of host publication||People, the Earth, Environment and Technology|
|Editors||Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, Richard A. Marston|
|Place of Publication||Malden, MA|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Mar 2017|
Cultural studies is an overtly politicized, interdisciplinary field that studies relationships between cultural practices and systems of power. From its earliest days it has mounted a radical critique of traditional notions and practices of academic disciplinarity. It first emerged in Britain around the work done at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, which was established in 1964 and produced a highly influential body of scholarship that initially cohered loosely around Marxist, structuralist, semiotic, and ethnographic modes of analysis. Over the years cultural studies has substantially expanded, both theoretically and geographically, eventually becoming a kind of global intellectual movement. Since the 1980s, the field has internationalized rapidly and given rise to numerous regional varieties in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the United States. The intellectual debates generated through and around cultural studies have had a profound effect on disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, including geography.