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Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, sixth edition, has been extensively revised throughout. As before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. Its breadth and theoretical unity, exemplified through popular culture, means that it can be flexibly and relevantly applied across a number of disciplines. Also retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area.
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 Storeyis Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK. He has published widely in cultural studies, including nine books. The most recent book is Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. He has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Henan, Vienna and Wuhan.
Table of Contents
1. What is popular culture?
Popular culture as other
2. The culture and civilisation tradition
Mass culture in America: the post-war debate
The culture of other people
Richard Hoggart: The Uses of Literacy
Raymond Williams: The analysis of culture
E.P. Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class
Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel: The Popular Arts
The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies
The English Marxism of William Morris
The Frankfurt School
Post-Marxism and cultural studies
Slavoj iek and Lacanian fantasy
6. Structuralism and post-structuralism
Ferdinand de Saussure
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Will Wright and the American Western
Roland Barthes: Mythologies
Discourse and power: Michel Foucault
The panoptic machine
7. Gender and sexuality
Women at the cinema
Reading womens magazines
Mens studies and masculinities
8. Race, racism and representation
Race and racism
The ideology of racism: its historical emergence
Anti-racism and cultural studies
The postmodern condition
Postmodernism in the 1960s
Postmodern pop music
Postmodernism and the pluralism of value
The global postmodern
10. The politics of the popular
The cultural field
The economic field
Post-Marxist cultural studies: hegemony revisited
The ideology of mass culture