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Kathryn Locke

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I want Cultural Studies to make a difference. I've been consumed with this idea ever since I started my university degree in 2000. Whilst undertaking a undergraduate Arts degree majoring in Communication and Cultural Studies and Psychology, I felt a great deal of frustration towards the lack of practical solutions neither course had to offer for the inadequacies 'the system' appeared to harbour. These frustrations resulted in a critical Honours thesis which illustrated the importance of maintaining a relevant, contextual, historically aware and socially responsible theory of popular culture.

I am now undertaking my PhD in an area I believe will be at the forefront of economic and social change for many cities across the globe. Creative Industry strategies are emerging and developing in the United Kingdom, Europe, America, South-east Asia, New Zealand and Australia. This continuing shift in focus from the primary and manufacturing industries, to a focus on the economic value of the arts, design, television, sport, tourism, music and city imaging, poses the beginning of not only new economic changes, but also consequential social challenges. If ever there was an avenue through which Cultural Studies could offer practical intervention this is it. The work being produced by members of the extremely talented Popular Culture Collective suggests that I will not be alone in my attempts to make Cultural Studies make a difference.

"After Dark", in T. Brabazon (ed), Liverpool of the South Seas (Perth: UWA Press, 2005)


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