Foreword - opening up cultural studies, Norman K. Denzin. Part 1 Sociology and cultural studies: relativizing sociology - the challenge of cultural studies, Steven Seidman; postmodernism, cultural studies and contemporary social inquiry, David R. Dickens; postponing the postmodern, Ben Agger. Part 2 Feminist discourse: anorexia nervosa - rereading the stories that became me, Paula Saukko; my story of anorexia nervosa - new discourses for change and recovery, Mary Walstrom; it's just a female thing, Lisa M. Sammiguel; what's wrong with this picture? comparing lived experience and textual representations of endometriosis, Lisa M. Sammiguel. Part 3 Race, popular culture and the media: race, suburban resentment and the representation of the inner city in contemporary film and television, Cameron McCarthy et al; look - it's the NBAs showtime - visions of race and popular imagery, Cheryl L. Cole and David L. Andrews; where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? discourses of nation, family and masculinity in Dyersville, IA, Charles Fruehling Springwood; Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy - pseudo-realist narratives and male hegemony, Andrea Fontana and Claudia Collins; the new childhood - home alone as a way of life, Joe Kincheloe; the emergence of contemporary sport forms - paintball, Robert Rinehart. Part 4 Critical pedagogy and interventionist texts: mobilizing meaning, demobilizing critique? dilemmas in the deconstruction of educational discourse, Maggie Maclure and Ian Stronach; from a privileged position - teachers, research and popular culture, Chris Richards; death (an assemblage), Steven Wiley.