Confronting Theory

The Psychology of Cultural Studies

Philip Bell

Confronting Theory

Philip Bell

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

147 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9781841503172 Published May 2010 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Confronting Theory presents a critique of what has come to be known as theory in cross-disciplinary humanities education. Rather than dismissing theory writing as pretentious and abstract, Confronting Theory examines its principal concepts from the perspective of academic psychology and shows that although many of these analyses sound like revolutionary psychological theory, few, if any, have empirical implications that students can evaluate. By considering the educational implications of cultural theory, Confronting Theory will empower students with arguments, not just opinions, about the increasingly idealist and irrelevant anti-realist curricula they confront in their humanities education in today’s universities.


Chapter 1:  Cultural Studies and Capital-T Theory
Chapter 2:  What is Theory About?
Chapter 3:  Different Things
Chapter 4:  Theory, People and ’Subjects’
Chapter 5:  ’Post-Human’ Theory and Cultural Studies
Chapter 6:  Affecting Ontologies
Chapter 7:  Real Experience, Un-real Science
Chapter 8:  Theory and Education

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