Inventing Popular Culture argues that the idea of popular culture is an invention of intellectuals. The book does not present an analysis of particular texts and activities which have been, or could be defined as, popular culture; instead it explores the changing intellectual ways of constructing texts and activities as popular culture and how these intellectual discourses articulate questions of culture and power. Examining 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, Inventing Popular Culture presents an engaging assessment of one of the most debated concepts of recent times.
1. Popular Culture as Folk Culture:.
Nature and Nationalism.
Pastoral Life as Primitive Culture.
Music Hall and the Masses.
Imagining the Past to Make the Present.
2. Popular Culture as Mass Culture:.
Culture Against Anarchy.
The Culture of Hyperdemocracy.
The Marxist Masses.
Ways of Seeing Other People as Masses.
3. Popular Culture as the ‘Other’ of High Culture:.
The Making of High Culture.
The Modernist Revolution.
The Politics of Cultural Exclusion.
Culture and Class.
4. Popular as an Arena of Hegemony:.
Hegemony: From Marxism to Cultural Studies.
Wandering from the Path of Righteousness.
Side Saddle on the Golden Calf.
An Inclusive Media and Cultural Studies.
5. Popular Culture as Postmodern Culture:.
The New Sensibility.
Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine: The Postmodern Condition.
Back to the Future: Opera Postmodern.
6. Popular Culture as the ‘Roots’ and ‘Routes’ of Cultural Identities:.
The Roots of Cultural Identities.
The Routes of Cultural Identities.
Mixing Memory and Desire: Dusty Springfield and ‘The Land of Love’.
Coda: Performing Identities.
7. Popular Culture as Popular Art:.
When Gravity Fails: An Aesthetics of Popular Culture?.
Beyond Aesthetic Essentialism.
8. Popular Culture as Global Culture:.
Trading Commodities in the American Global Village.
The ‘Local’ as the New Folk Culture.