Cultural studies is a field of theoretically, politically, and empirically engaged cultural analysis that concentrates upon the political dynamics of contemporary culture, its historical foundations, defining traits, conflicts, and contingencies.

Cultural studies researchers generally investigate how cultural practices relate to wider systems of power associated with or operating through social phenomena, such as ideology, class structures, national formations, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and generation. Cultural studies views cultures not as fixed, bounded, stable, and discrete entities, but rather as constantly interacting and changing sets of practices and processes. The field of cultural studies encompasses a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and practices. Although distinct from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, cultural studies draws upon and has contributed to each of these disciplines.

Cultural studies combines a variety of politically engaged critical approaches drawn including semiotics, Marxism, feminist theory, ethnography, critical race theory, Post-structuralism, Postcolonialism, social theory,  political theory,  history,  philosophy,  literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, communication studies, political economy, translation studies, museum studies and art history/criticism to study cultural phenomena in various societies and historical periods. Cultural studies seeks to understand how meaning is generated, disseminated, contested, bound up with systems of power and control, and produced from the social, political and economic spheres within a particular social formation or conjuncture. Important theories of cultural hegemony and agency have both influenced and been developed by the cultural studies movement, as have many recent major communication theories and agendas, such as those that attempt to explain and analyze the cultural forces related to processes of globalization.

  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
  • Comparative cultural studies
  • Critical theory
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Cultural analytics
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Cultural assimilation
  • Cultural consensus theory
  • Cultural critic
  • Cultural geography
  • Cultural hegemony
  • Cultural heritage
  • Cultural history
  • Cultural identity theory
  • Cultural imperialism
  • Cultural materialism
  • Cultural practice
  • Cultural psychology
  • Cultural rights
  • Cultureme
  • Culturology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Dystopia
  • Gender studies
  • Heritage studies
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary theory
  • Media culture
  • Media studies
  • Organizational culture
  • Physical cultural studies
  • Popular culture studies
  • Postcolonialism
  • Queer theory
  • Semiotics of culture
  • Social criticism
  • Social semiotics
  • Sociology of culture
  • Translation studies
  • Utopian and dystopian fiction
  • Visual culture