This is a blue plaque that is currently on the wall of the Muirhead Tower at the University of Birmingham. It pays tribute to the work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in the development of British cultural studies. The plaque was erected in 2011, almost ten years after the University had closed cultural studies at Birmingham.
Like Just-17, Jackie Magazine was the subject of a famous study by the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies graduate Angela McRobbie. McRobbie explored the way young women were portrayed in such magazines, and the way in which their lives were represented always in relation to men. Have things changed in women’s magazines today?
This is an issue of the once-popular girls’ magazine, Just-Seventeen. In the archive of CCCS material that has been set up at the Cadbury Research Library there are piles of Just-Seventeens. Students at the CCCS saw such magazines bothculturally and politically important. Figures like Angela McRobbie and Trevor Millum analysed them and showed how they often presented young women in negative ways. This will be one of the themes that will be explored in an exhibition on CCCS at the Midland Arts Centre in May 2014.
This is a flyer from the Shoop Shoop, a 1970s sound system run by local mover and shaker Mike Horseman and his business partner and friend, Dick Hebdige. Whilst helping out with the Shoop Hebdige was also a postgraduate at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. As an adolescent in London he become heavily into the mod scene and when hejoined the Centre he decided to write about the phenomenon of youth subcultures for his MA thesis. He was eventually commissioned to write a book on the subject, much of the research for which he did amongst the mods, Rastas and later the punks who attended his sound system. Subculture: the meaning of style remains one of the seminal studies of post-war British youth culture.