The idea of deep surfaces in cultural studies

Johnson, Laurie ORCID: (2009) The idea of deep surfaces in cultural studies. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3 (12). pp. 105-111. ISSN 1833-1882

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This paper argues that Cultural Studies has tended in the past to arrive at a methodological impasse by failing to adequately theorise the status of the object of a 'cultural' study. The paper suggests that a dialogue with Psychoanalysis may provide scholars of Cultural Studies with a way to move beyond this impasse. I propose that the object of Cultural Studies can be viewed as an example of a 'deep surface' rather than as deep structure, in order to identify the ways in which deep structures come to be manifest in individual acts of production.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 02:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency; anthropology; cultural studies; heuristics; psychoanalysis; structure; structure-agency debate; thick descriptioncultural studies
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220316 Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500318 Philosophy of specific cultures (incl. comparative philosophy)
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470207 Cultural theory
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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