'Cultural Studies and the Extreme'

Boothroyd, David (2006) 'Cultural Studies and the Extreme'. In: Hall, Gary and Birchall, Clare, eds. New Cultural Studies: Adventures in theory. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 274-290. ISBN 978-0820329604 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

This chapter examines the contemporary cultural phenomenon of, and popular cultural ppreoccupation with 'the extreme', as this is manifested in a range of cultural products - from 'extreme makover' and other 'extreme' reality TV shows, through to extreme leisure activities and pastimes, and the general use of the extreme to refer to the quest for heightened sensory experiences available through consumption. It makes detailed reference to the ideas of Georges Bataille about how the activity of theorising itself is also (or should aim to be)an expression of the extreme; or, the 'boiling point' of the subject itself.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: David Boothroyd
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008 19:49
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 14:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11882 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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