Cultural Studies and the Crisis in Britain's Universities

This month the University of Birmingham announced that it was closing, or restructuring, three of its departments. Given the chaotic state of higher education in Britain, that was not surprising. But the closures have attracted comment and opposition, particularly because one of the units was the original program brave enough to use the term "cultural studies" to describe its innovations in the interdisciplinary study of media and culture. The program had played a major role in transforming