Political Theory and Cultural Studies

Jodi Dean

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Political Theory and Cultural Studies


This article describes an interface between political theory and cultural studies, on that emerged with particular force and clarity in the work of American political theorists writing at the end of the twentieth century. It discusses the methodological contributions that resulted from this interface and analyses academic practices of political theory and cultural studies within national institutional histories. It suggests that the possibilities initially opened up by interfacial work need to be brought together into an integrated account of contemporary state power within the global capitalist economy.

Keywords: political theory; cultural studies; political theorists; institutional histories; state power; capitalist economy

Article.  7806 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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