Inventing Popular Culture

From Folklore to Globalization

Author: John Storey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405172657

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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John Storey, a leading figure in the field of Cultural Studies, offers an illuminating and vibrant account of the development of popular culture. Addressing issues such as globalization, intellectualism, and consumerism, Inventing Popular Culture presents an engaging assessment of one of the most debated concepts of recent times. Provides a lively and accessible history of the concept of popular culture by one of the leading experts in the field. Traces the invention and reinvention of the concept of popular culture from the eighteenth-century “discovery” of folk culture to contemporary accounts of the cultural impact of globalization. Examines the relationship between the concept of popular culture and key issues in cultural analyses such as hegemony, postmodernism, identity, questions of value, consumerism, and everyday life.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

An Introduction

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780131970687

Category: Civilization

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.

The Kurdish Question Revisited

Author: Gareth Stansfield,Mohammed Shareef

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190687177

Category: History

Page: 448

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The Kurds, once marginal in the study of the Middle East and secondary in its international relations, have moved to center stage in recent years. In Turkey, where the Kurdish question is an issue of national significance, and in Iraq, where the gains made by the Kurdistan Regional Government have allowed it to impose its authority, moves are afoot to solve 'the Kurdish Question' once and for all. In Syria, where the Kurds have borne the brunt of the Islamic State's onslaught as they defended their three self-declared cantons of Afrin, Kobane, and Cezire, and in Iran, where they struggle to express their cultural distinctiveness and suffer disproportionately at the hands of the Islamic Republic's security and intelligence services, the picture is less positive. Yet the situations in both countries remain in flux, affected by developments in Iraq and Turkey in a manner that suggests we may have to revise the notion of the Kurds being forever divided by the boundaries of the Middle East and subsumed into the state projects of other nations. The contributors to The Kurdish Question Revisited offer insights into how this once seemingly intractable, immutable phenomenon is being transformed amid the new political realities of the Middle East.

The Lyre of Orpheus

Popular Music, the Sacred, and the Profane

Author: Christopher Partridge

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199343403

Category: Music

Page: 304

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The myth of Orpheus articulates what social theorists have known since Plato: music matters. It is uniquely able to move us, to guide the imagination, to evoke memories, and to create spaces within which meaning is made. Popular music occupies a place of particular social and cultural significance. Christopher Partridge explores this significance, analyzing its complex relationships with the values and norms, texts and discourses, rituals and symbols, and codes and narratives of modern Western cultures. He shows how popular music's power to move, to agitate, to control listeners, to shape their identities, and to structure their everyday lives is central to constructions of the sacred and the profane. In particular, he argues that popular music can be important 'edgework,' challenging dominant constructions of the sacred in modern societies. Drawing on a wide range of musicians and musical genres, as well as a number of theoretical approaches from critical musicology, cultural theory, sociology, theology, and the study of religion, The Lyre of Orpheus reveals the significance and the progressive potential of popular music.

Major Problems in American Popular Culture

Author: Kathleen Franz,Susan Smulyan

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0618474811

Category: History

Page: 496

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MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE follows the highly successful Major Problems format. Each chapter comprises essays and documents that focus on a particular aspect of American popular culture. These essays and documents will prompt students to think about the centrality of popular culture in American life and its powerful role in forging identity, historical memory, and relationships among consumers, producers, citizens, and the state. They reinforce the idea that popular culture is the ground on which cultural and social transformations are worked. Race and class are at the center of the analysis, and these categories, along with gender and nationalism, thread through the chapters. They all argue for seeing popular audiences as active creators rather than passive receivers of popular culture. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Bodies of Sound

Studies Across Popular Music and Dance

Author: Dr Sherril Dodds,Professor Susan C Cook

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472402162

Category: Music

Page: 248

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From the ragtime one-step of the early twentieth century to the contemporary practices of youth club cultures, popular dance and music are inextricably linked. This collection reveals the intimate connections between the corporeal and the sonic in the creation, transmission and reception of popular dance and music, which is imagined here as ‘bodies of sound’. The volume provokes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation that includes scholarship from Asia, Europe and the United States, which explores topics from the nineteenth century through to the present day and engages with practices at local, national and transnational levels. In Part I: Constructing the Popular, the authors explore how categories of popular music and dance are constructed and de-stabilized, and their proclivity to appropriate and re-imagine cultural forms and meanings. In Part II: Authenticity, Revival and Reinvention, the authors examine how popular forms produce and manipulate identities and meanings through their attraction to and departure from cultural traditions. In Part III: (Re)Framing Value, the authors interrogate how values are inscribed, silenced, rearticulated and capitalized through popular music and dance. And in Part IV: Politics of the Popular, the authors read the popular as a site of political negotiation and transformation.

POP POWER

Pop Diplomacy for a Global Society

Author: Luis Antonio Vidal Pérez

Publisher: Luis Antonio Vidal Pérez

ISBN: 6120016937

Category:

Page: N.A

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The world is changing and the way human interact is too. Our cultural identity is no longer limited by the geographical area in which we live but by our access to broadband. POWER POP explores the role of pop culture in the construction of a global society through state mechanisms such as cultural diplomacy and management of international relations. To do this, it enters the world of Kpop and Anime in Peru, their history and development in the local market, and how South Korea and Japan have taken advantage of their great success to improve their own image worldwide.

Latino/a Popular Culture

Author: Michelle Habell-Pallan,Mary Romero

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814736241

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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While the presence of Latinos and Latinas in mainstream news and in popular culture in the United States buttresses the much-heralded Latin Explosion, the images themselves are often contradictory. Latino/a Popular Culture brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences to analyze representations of Latinidad in a diversity of genres.

Imagining the Popular in Contemporary French Culture

Author: Diana Holmes,David Looseley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0719078164

Category: History

Page: 254

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French Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Sociology, History/Cultural History. Specific chapters will be of relevance to: Cultural Policy, Popular Music Studies, Literary Studies, Film and TV Studies, Linguistics

Walter Benjamin

Author: Howard Eiland

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674726200

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 765

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Walter Benjamin was perhaps the twentieth century's most elusive intellectual. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. In a major new biography, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings present a comprehensive portrait of the man and his times, as well as extensive commentary on his work.

Made in Italy

Rethinking a Century of Italian Design

Author: Grace Lees-Maffei,Kjetil Fallan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0857853902

Category: Design

Page: 288

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Goods made or designed in Italy enjoy a profile which far outstrips the country's modest manufacturing output. Italy's glorious design heritage and reputation for style and innovation has 'added value' to products made in Italy. Since 1945, Italian design has commanded an increasing amount of attention from design journalists, critics and consumers. But is Italian design a victim of its own celebrity? Made in Italy brings together leading design historians to explore this question, discussing both the history and significance of design from Italy and its international influence. Addressing a wide range of Italian design fields, including car design, graphic design, industrial and interior design and ceramics, well-known designers such as Alberto Rosselli and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and iconic brands such as Olivetti, Vespa and Alessi, the book explores the historical, cultural and social influences that shaped Italian design, and how these iconic designs have contributed to the modern canon of Italian-inspired goods.

Inventing High and Low

Literature, Mass Culture, and Uneven Modernity in Spain

Author: Stephanie Anne Sieburth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Dire word of the cultural threat of the lowbrow goes back at least to the ancient Greeks, and yet, Stephanie Sieburth suggests, no division between "high" and "low" culture will stand up to logical scrutiny. Why, then, does the opposition persist? In this book Sieburth questions the terms of this perennial debate and uncovers the deep cultural, economic, and psychological tensions that lead each generation to reinvent the distinction between high and low. She focuses on Spain, where this opposition plays a special role in notions of cultural development and where leading writers have often made the relation of literature to mass culture the theme of their novels. Choosing two historical moments of sweeping material and cultural change in Spanish history, Sieburth reads two novels from the 1880s (by Benito Pérez Galdós) and two from the 1970s (by Juan Goytisolo and Carmen Martín Gaite) as fictional theories about the impact of modernity on culture and politics. Her analysis reveals that the high/low division in the cultural sphere reinforces other kinds of separations—between social classes or between men and women—dear to the elite but endangered by progress. This tension, she shows, is particularly evident in Spain, where modernization has been a contradictory and uneven process, rarely accompanied by political freedom, and where consumerism and mass culture coexist uneasily with older ways of life. Weaving together a wide spectrum of diverse material, her work will be of interest to readers concerned with Spanish history and literature, literary theory, popular culture, and the relations between politics, economics, gender, and the novel.

Ovid's Myth of Pygmalion on Screen

In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman

Author: Paula James

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441146776

Category: History

Page: 248

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Why has the myth of Pygmalion and his ivory statue proved so inspirational for writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and directors and creators of films and television series? The 'authorised' version of the story appears in the epic poem of transformations, Metamorphoses, by the first-century CE Latin poet Ovid; in which the bard Orpheus narrates the legend of the sculptor king of Cyprus whose beautiful carved woman was brought to life by the goddess Venus. Focusing on screen storylines with a Pygmalion subtext, from silent cinema to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lars and the Real Girl, this book looks at why and how the made-over or manufactured woman has survived through the centuries and what we can learn about this problematic model of 'perfection' from the perspective of the past and the present. Given the myriad representations of Ovid's myth, can we really make a modern text a tool of interpretation for an ancient poem? This book answers with a resounding 'yes' and explains why it is so important to give antiquity back its future.

Inventing the Popular

Printing, Politics, and Poetics

Author: Bettina R. Lerner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317113195

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

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Inventing the Popular: Working-Class Literature and Culture in Nineteenth-Century France explores texts written, published and disseminated by a politically and socially active group of working-class writers during the first half of the nineteenth century. Through a network of exchanges featuring newspapers, poems and prose fiction, these writers embraced a vision of popular culture that represented a clear departure from more traditional oral and printed forms of popular expression; at the same time, their writing strategically resisted nascent forms of mass culture, including the daily press and the serial novel. Coming into writing at a time when Romanticism had expanded beyond the borders of the lyric je, these poets explored the social dimensions of connectivity and social relation finding interlocutors and supporters in the likes of Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Alphonse de Lamartine, George Sand and Eugène Sue. The relationships they developed among themselves and the major figures of an increasingly socially-oriented Romanticism were as rich with emancipatory promise as well as with reactionary temptation. They constitute an extensive archive of everyday life and utopian anticipation that reframe social romanticism as a revelatory if problematic model of engaged writing.

The Greenwood encyclopedia of world popular culture

Author: Gary Hoppenstand

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332746

Category: Social Science

Page: 8

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From the fads to the fashions, the most famous to the most influential underground movements, the Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture immerses readers in the rich cultural heritage of countries both near and far.

Alma parens originalis?

the receptions of classical literature and thought in Africa, Europe, the United States, and Cuba

Author: John Hilton,Anne Gosling,Classical Association of South Africa

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 359

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This original collection of articles, derived in part from the papers presented at the twenty-sixth biennial conference of the Classical Association of South Africa held at Durban and Pietermaritzburg 5-7 July 2005, explores a wide range of receptions of Classical ideas in the fiction, drama, poetry, history, opera, and popular culture of a number of countries from South Africa to Cuba. There is a strong emphasis on the use of Greek and Roman tragedy, especially Aeschylus Seven against Thebes, the Electra plays of Sophocles and Euripides, various reworking of the figures of Antigone and Medea, and the dramatic style of Seneca, but the compendium also includes chapters on Platonism, Horatian Satire, Mythology, Roman Civilization, Roman Historiography, and Greek erotic spells. Chronologically, the scope of reception extends from the contemporary (the problem of HIV/AIDS in South Africa), to the twentieth century (Soyinka, Walcott, Forster, Seth, Campbell), and the Renaissance (Daniel Heinsius). The book illustrates the depth, diversity, and complexity of the interconnections between the Classical past and the present. It provides a refreshingly different perspective on a vitally important and vibrant field of research.

X-rated!

the power of mythic symbolism in popular culture

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230610682

Category: Psychology

Page: 180

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This book delves into the reasons why pop culture, and all of its “X-Rated” features, are so appealing to masses of people, even though they may hate to love it.

Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

Author: Sheila Whiteley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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Explores the cultural, social and historical contexts of Christmas in the UK, USA and Australia, covering such topics as fiction, film, television, art, newspapers and magazines, war, popular music and carols.