Ethics, Morality and the Formation of Cultural Studies Intellectuals

Gary Wickham


This article is not so much concerned with the history of cultural studies as with the way in which aspects of its history are used in forming a particular type of cultural studies intellectual, one for whom ethics is subsumed into a morality directed to the necessity of engaging in a politics of empowerment. The article’s concern, this is to say, is to problematise the taken-for-grantedness of this type of intellectual, something it seeks to do through a genealogy (in something like the Foucaultian sense of that term), or at least the outline of a genealogy.


history; cultural studies; intellectuals; ethics; empowerment; morality; genealogy; Foucault

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