Enhancing Cultural Studies through the Web Mode Publication
The web´s contribution to Cultural Studies and, more specifically, its advantages over the the page-bound format of books to deal with emerging cultures have been substantially explored in a recently completed website whose 500 resources project, across several media, the cultural artifacts of the landless people in Brazil.This dispossessed segment of over twenty million people formalized a social movement in 1984, the MST (Movement of the Landless Rural Workers) which has defined their culture by an absence and by increasingly shifting away from the mainstream one. This paper demonstrates what was achieved by bridging the gap between the humanities and technology in terms of textuality, the interactivity of culture, and transdisciplinarity, etc. It then focuses more specifically on the potential of technology for the development of categories to deal with emerging cultures. It finally presents for further discussion a prototype for web site archives on cultural expressions.
Keywords: Web, Cultural Studies, Emerging cultures, Interdisciplinarity, Cultural Interactivity, Cultural Categories
Prof. Else R. P. Vieira
Reader in Brazilian and Comparative Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Studioes, University of London
Argentina. Most recent book is
City of God in Several Voices: Brazilian Social Cinema in Action (London, 2005)