Culture wars: the media and the British left

Gaber, Ivor, Curran, James and Petley, Julian (2005) Culture wars: the media and the British left. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748619177

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Culture Wars charts the battle between two generations, one shaped by the immediate post-war period and the other by the cultural revolt of the 1960s. It was a clash that first exploded into life in the 1980s, when the Conservative press and government ridiculed radical young councillors as the 'loony left', and turned them into the pariahs of contemporary politics. This cultural victory proved shortlived. The values and political agenda of the urban left made significant advances in the 1990s and 2000s when the sixties generation moved into positions of power.
The book offers key insights for different disciplines:
For media studies, it offers a compelling account of how the media represent, and influence, social change.
For cultural studies, it illuminates the way in which the culture of society is a battleground between generations and opposed value groups.
For the social sciences, it documents how the rise of women, immigration, gay liberation and concern about the environment were mediated, and became the subjects of debate, political conflict, and regulation.
For the general reader, it offers a very readable account of the entry of 1960s values into mainstream politics, and the culture wars that have been fought ever since.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 14:01
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