"Chris Barker is a trustworthy field guide for those new to cultural studies." - Ben Highmore, University of Sussex "Remarkable in the breadth of its coverage, it is written with passion and insight. It will be warmly welcomed by students interested in how theory can help us to think through the complexities of real-world issues." - Stuart Allan, Bournemouth University "Has been for many years one of the best guides to and overviews of a broad range of the issues and theories that constitute cultural studies... For those who want to be prepped to play the game of cultural studies, this is the book to read." - Douglas Kellner, UCLA Building upon the scope and authority of previous editions this book represents a definitive benchmark in understanding and applying the foundations of cultural studies. it provides those new to the field with an authoritative introduction to everything they need to know. An indispensible resource for any student or lecturer it is packed with concise, accessible definitions, clear chapter summaries, inspiring student activities, biographical snapshots of key figures and a full glossary. With updates to every chapter and many more practical examples, this new edition includes: New material on social media, subcultures and climate change Improved coverage of digital cultures, digital media, digital games and the virtual city A comprehensive companion website providing student exercises, global case-studies, essay questions and links to relevant SAGE journal articles. Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/barker This is the perfect book for any student needing a vibrant, comprehensive introduction to cultural studies. An essential companion for all undergraduate students embarking on a cultural studies course or module.