An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture

Author: Dominic Strinati

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134565089

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Among the theories and ideas the book introduces are mass culture, the Frankfurt School and the culture industry, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism.

An Introduction to Studying Popular Culture

Author: Dominic Strinati

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113620752X

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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How can we study popular culture? What makes 'popular culture' popular? Is popular culture important? What influence does it have? An Introduction to Studying Popular Culture provides a clear and comprehensive answer to these questions. It presents a critical assessment of the major ways in which popular culture has been interpreted, and suggests how it may be more usefully studied. Dominic Strinati uses the examples of cinema and television to show how we can understand popular culture from sociological and historical perspectives.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

An Introduction

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780131970687

Category: Culture

Page: 191

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In this 4th edition of his successful Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, John Storey has extensively revised the text throughout. As before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. Retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using relevant and appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area. New to this edition bull; bull;Extensively revised, rewritten and updated bull;Improved and expanded content throughout including: New chapter on psychoanalysis New section on post-Marxism and the global postmodern bull;Closer explicit links to the new edition companion reader Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a reader bull;More illustrative diagrams and images bull;Fully revised, improved and updated companion website providing practice and extension promote further understanding of the study of cultural theory and popular culture The new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the sociology of culture, popular culture and other related subjects. John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely in cultural studies, including six books. The most recent book is called Inventing Popular Culture (Blackwell, 2003). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. He is a Visiting Professor at the universities of Henan and Wuhan.

An introduction to cultural theory and popular culture

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Harvester Wheatsheaf

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 269

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In this second edition of his successful introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, John Storey has revised the text throughout. As before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of the competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. In addition to the standard themes of the earlier versions; 'culture and civilisation' tradition, the American 'mass culture' debate; structuralism and post-structuralism through to postmodernism, there is now a completely new chapter on 'Consuming Popular Culture'. This chapter examines theories of cultural consumption and looks closely at such developments as fan culture and shopping as popular culture. Retaining the practical approach of the first edition, and using up-to-date examples from popular cultural texts, this new edition is bound to remain a favourite with students and lecturers alike.

An Introduction to Popular Culture in the US

People, Politics, and Power

Author: Jenn Brandt,Callie Clare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501320599

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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What is popular culture? Why study popular culture in an academic context? An Introduction to Popular Culture in the US: People, Politics, and Power introduces and explores the history and contemporary analysis of popular culture in the United States. In situating popular culture as lived experience through the activities, objects, and distractions of everyday life, the authors work to broaden the understanding of culture beyond a focus solely on media texts, taking an interdisciplinary approach to analyze American culture, its rituals, beliefs, and the objects that shape its existence. After building a foundation of the history of popular culture as an academic discipline, the book looks broadly at cultural myths and the institutional structures, genres, industries, and people that shape the mindset of popular culture in the United States. It then becomes more focused with an examination of identity, exploring the ways in which these myths and mindset are internalized, practiced, and shaped by individuals. The book concludes by connecting the broad understanding of popular culture and the unique individual experience with chapters dedicated to the objects, communities, and celebrations of everyday life. This approach to the field of study explores all matters of culture in a way that is accessible and relevant to individuals in and outside of the classroom.

Valuepack

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader with Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: an Introduction

Author: John£b(ed.) Storey

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9781405841023

Category:

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This pack consists of Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction 4e (ISBN 0131970682) and Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader 3e (ISBN 0131970690).

An Introduction to Visual Culture

Author: Nicholas Mirzoeff

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415158761

Category: Art

Page: 274

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The author traces the history and theory of visual culture asking how and why visual media have become so central to contemporary everday life. He explores a wide range of visual forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, television, cinema, virtual reality, and the Internet while addressing the subjects of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, the body, and the international media event that followed the death of Princess Diana.

Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748641661

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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A revised and updated new edition of this best-selling introduction to the study of contemporary popular culture. The book presents an accessible introduction to the range of theories and methods which have been used to study contemporary popular culture. Doing this, it also provides a map of the development of cultural studies through discussion of its most influential approaches. Organised around a series of case studies, each chapter focuses on a different media form and presents a critical overview of the methodology for the actual study of popular culture. Individual chapters cover topics such as television, fiction, film, newspapers and magazines, popular music, consumption (television, fan culture and shopping), and the culture of globalisation.For students new to the field, the book provides instantly usable theories and methods; for those more familiar with the procedures and politics of cultural studies, the book provides a succinct and accessible overview.The third edition has been revised, rewritten and expanded throughout, including a revised and updated Bibliography. More specifically, the book now includes new sections on print media and celebrity, communities in cyberspace, and a Postscript on the circuit of culture.

Maps of Meaning

An Introduction to Cultural Geography

Author: Peter Jackson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415090881

Category: Science

Page: 213

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This innovative book marks a significant departure from tradition anlayses of the evolution of cultural landscapes and the interpretation of past environments. Maps of Meaning proposes a new agenda for cultural geography, one set squarely in the context of contemporary social and cultural theory. Notions of place and space are explored through the study of elite and popular cultures, gender and sexuality, race, language and ideology. Questioning the ways in which we invest the world with meaning, the book is an introduction to both culture's geographies and the geography of culture.

Culture and Society

An Introduction to Cultural Studies

Author: David Oswell

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847877532

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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"Too often cultural studies discourse seems cut off from wider developments in social theory. As a sociologist with a strong cultural studies sensibility, David Oswell is ideally placed to put this right. Through a series of well-judged and historically nuanced readings of cultural, social theory and critical philosophy, this book provides just the bridge between cultural studies and wider debates that we need" - Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science David Oswell has written a comprehensive introduction to cultural studies that guides the reader through the field's central foundations and its freshest ideas. This book: Grounds the reader in the foundations of cultural studies and cultural theory: language and semiology, ideology and power, mass and popular culture. Analyzes the central problems: identity, body, economy, globalization and empire. Introduces the latest developments on materiality, agency, technology and nature. Culture and Society is an invaluable guide for students navigating the dynamic debates and intellectual challenges of cultural studies. Its breadth and unparalleled coverage of theory will also ensure that it is read by anyone interested in questions of materiality and culture.

Anthologies of British Poetry

Critical Perspectives from Literary and Cultural Studies

Author: Barbara Korte,Ralf Schneider,Stefanie Lethbridge

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042013018

Category: Poetry

Page: 347

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From Tottel's Miscellany (1557) to the last twentieth-century Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), anthologies have been a prime institution for the preservation and mediation of poetry. The importance of anthologies for creating and re-creating the canon of English poetry, for introducing 'new' programmes of poetry, as a record of changing poetic fashions, audience tastes and reading practices, or as a profitable literary commodity has often been asserted. Despite its impact, however, the poetry anthology in itself has attracted surprisingly little critical interest in Britain or elsewhere in the English-speaking world. This volume is the first publication to explore the largely unmapped field of poetry anthologies in Britain. Essays written from a wide range of perspectives in literary and cultural studies, and the point of view of poets, editors, publishers and cultural institutions, aim to do justice to the typological, functional and historical variety with which this form of publication has manifested itself - from early modern print culture to the postmodern age of the world wide web.

Sprache. Macht. Denken

Politische Diskurse verstehen und führen

Author: Denkwerk Demokratie,

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593423006

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

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»Hartz IV«, »Euro-Krise«, »Bürgerversicherung«: Wer im politischen Geschehen Begriffe besetzt, nimmt damit immer auch Einfluss auf das politische Denken. Doch wie funktioniert das? Wie übt man Macht durch Sprache aus? Wie kann man politische Diskurse verstehen und führen? Und wie kann man damit die demokratische Willensbildung stärken? In diesem Buch geben Experten und Praktiker die Antworten auf zentrale Fragestellungen der politischen Kommunikation. Was ist ein Diskurs? Wie beeinflussen Diskurse den gesellschaftlichen Wandel, wie verhindern sie ihn? Was sind Frames und wie funktionieren sie? Welche Rolle spielen Emotionen, Narrative und Mythen? Welche Bedeutung haben die Medien, insbesondere das Internet? Mit Beiträgen von Carsten Brosda, Andrea D. Bührmann, Thymian Bussemer, Yasmin Fahimi, Michael Guggemos, Thomas Hoch, Herbert Hönigsberger, Christian Kellermann, Johanna Klatt, Steffi Lemke, Robert Lorenz, Benjamin Mikfeld, Rita Müller-Hilmer, Herfried Münkler, Andrea Nahles, Martin Nonhoff, Andreas Osterberg, Uwe Pörksen, Christina Schildmann, Peter Siller, Jan Turowski, Michael Vester und Elisabeth Wehling

An Introduction to Sociology

Feminist Perspectives

Author: Pamela Abbott,Melissa Tyler,Claire Wallace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134382448

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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This third edition of this best-selling book confirms the ongoing centrality of feminist perspectives and research to the sociological enterprise, and introduces students to the wide range of feminist contributions in key areas of sociological concern. Completely revised, this edition includes: new chapters on sexuality and the media additional material on race and ethnicity, disability and the body many new international and comparative examples the influence of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies. In addition, the theoretical elements have also been fully rethought in light of recent developments in social theory. Written by three experienced teachers and examiners, this book gives students of sociology and women's studies an accessible overview of the feminist contribution to all the key areas of sociological concern.

Media Studies

The Essential Resource

Author: Philip Rayner,Peter Wall,Stephen Kruger

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415291736

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 285

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This text is a comprehensive collection of primary source material for those studying the media at university and pre-university level. Extracts include a range of texts from academic and non-academic works including journalism and writings on film, television and popular culture.

Looking Awry

An Introduction to Jacques Lacan Through Popular Culture

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262740159

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

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Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweepingEastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques Lacan. Zizek inverts current pedagogicalstrategies to explain the difficult philosophical underpinnings of the French theoretician andpractician who revolutionized our view of psychoanalysis. He approaches Lacan through the motifs andworks of contemporary popular culture, from Hitchcock's Vertigo to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, fromMcCullough's An Indecent Obsession to Romero's Return of the Living Dead - a strategy of "lookingawry" that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience of Lacan.Zizek discovers fundamentalLacanian categories the triad Imaginary/Symbolic/Real, the object small a, the opposition of driveand desire, the split subject - at work in horror fiction, in detective thrillers, in romances, inthe mass media's perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcock's films. Theplayfulness of Zizek's text, however, is entirely different from that associated with thedeconstructive approach made famous by Derrida. By clarifying what Lacan is saying as well as whathe is not saying, Zizek is uniquely able to distinguish Lacan from the poststructuralists who sooften claim him.Slavoj Zizek is a Researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the University ofLjubljana, Yugoslavia. His work has been published in France and in Yugoslavia where, running as aproreform candidate, he narrowly missed being elected to the presidency of the republic ofSlovenia.

Cinema of Outsiders

The Rise of American Independent Film

Author: Emanuel Levy

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814752896

Category: Social Science

Page: 601

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A Los Angeles Times Bestseller The most important development in American culture of the last two decades is the emergence of independent cinema as a viable alternative to Hollywood. Indeed, while Hollywood's studios devote much of their time and energy to churning out big-budget, star-studded event movies, a renegade independent cinema that challenges mainstream fare continues to flourish with strong critical support and loyal audiences. Cinema of Outsiders is the first and only comprehensive chronicle of contemporary independent movies from the late 1970s up to the present. From the hip, audacious early works of maverick David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, and Spike Lee, to the contemporary Oscar-winning success of indie dynamos, such as the Coen brothers (Fargo), Quentin Tarentino (Pulp Fiction), and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), Levy describes in a lucid and accessible manner the innovation and diversity of American indies in theme, sensibility, and style. Documenting the socio-economic, political and artistic forces that led to the rise of American independent film, Cinema of Outsiders depicts the pivotal role of indie guru Robert Redford and his Sundance Film Festival in creating a showcase for indies, the function of film schools in supplying talent, and the continuous tension between indies and Hollywood as two distinct industries with their own structure, finance, talent and audience. Levy describes the major cycles in the indie film movement: regional cinema, the New York school of film, African-American, Asian American, gay and lesbian, and movies made by women. Based on exhaustive research of over 1,000 movies made between 1977 and 1999, Levy evaluates some 200 quintessential indies, including Choose Me, Stranger Than Paradise, Blood Simple, Blue Velvet, Desperately Seeking Susan, Slacker, Poison, Reservoir Dogs, Gas Food Lodging, Menace II Society, Clerks, In the Company of Men, Chasing Amy, The Apostle, The Opposite of Sex, and Happiness. Cinema of Outsiders reveals the artistic and political impact of bold and provocative independent movies in displaying the cinema of "outsiders"-the cinema of the "other America."

Doing Cultural Theory

Author: David Walton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446269015

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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"Will be a very useful tool for any student trying to make sense of the vast expanses of contemporary cultural theory and criticism. Well-written and admirably self-reflective, it combines rigorous explications and applications of many of the most influential concepts and theorists." - Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina "Accessible and insightful throughout; offering help to both experienced and inexperienced students of cultural theory. Highly recommended." - John Storey, University of Sunderland Doing Cultural Theory teaches more than just the basics of cultural theory. It unpacks its complexities with real-life examples, and shows readers how to link theory and practice. This book: Offers accessible introductions to how cultural studies has engaged with key theories in structuralism, poststructuralism and postmodernism Teaches straightforward ways of practising these theories so students learn to think for themselves Uses 'practice' boxes to show students how to apply cultural theory in the real world Guides students through the literature with carefully selected further reading recommendation. Other textbooks only show how others have analyzed and interpreted the world. Doing Cultural Theory takes it a step further and teaches students step-by-step how to do cultural theory for themselves.

An Introduction to Game Studies

Author: Frans Mäyrä

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849205396

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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An Introduction to Game Studies is the first introductory textbook for students of game studies. It provides a conceptual overview of the cultural, social and economic significance of computer and video games and traces the history of game culture and the emergence of game studies as a field of research. Key concepts and theories are illustrated with discussion of games taken from different historical phases of game culture. Progressing from the simple, yet engaging gameplay of Pong and text-based adventure games to the complex virtual worlds of contemporary online games, the book guides students towards analytical appreciation and critical engagement with gaming and game studies. Students will learn to: - Understand and analyse different aspects of phenomena we recognise as 'game' and play' - Identify the key developments in digital game design through discussion of action in games of the 1970s, fiction and adventure in games of the 1980s, three-dimensionality in games of the 1990s, and social aspects of gameplay in contemporary online games - Understand games as dynamic systems of meaning-making - Interpret the context of games as 'culture' and subculture - Analyse the relationship between technology and interactivity and between 'game' and 'reality' - Situate games within the context of digital culture and the information society With further reading suggestions, images, exercises, online resources and a whole chapter devoted to preparing students to do their own game studies project, An Introduction to Game Studies is the complete toolkit for all students pursuing the study of games. The companion website at www.sagepub.co.uk/mayra contains slides and assignments that are suitable for self-study as well as for classroom use. Students will also benefit from online resources at www.gamestudiesbook.net, which will be regularly blogged and updated by the author. Professor Frans Mäyrä is a Professor of Games Studies and Digital Culture at the Hypermedia Laboratory in the University of Tampere, Finland.

Buying for the Home

Shopping for the Domestic from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

Author: David E. Hussey,Margaret Ponsonby

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754658078

Category: History

Page: 218

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Buying for the Home examines how strategies of retailers were both arbitrated by, and negotiated through the actions and desires of the homemaker as a consumer in early-modern, modern and post-modern society. Drawing on a wide selection of interdisciplinary work from established scholars and new researchers, the volume is organised around four key themes: retail arenas and the everyday; identity and lifestyle; fashioning domestic space; and cultural practice. Through ten linked case studies, Buying for the Home forces us to consider the fractured space that existed between the world of goods and the middle- and working-class home.