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A Companion to Popular Culture. Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies

  • ID: 3610178
  • Book
  • 608 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Companion to Popular Culture is a landmark survey of contemporary research in popular culture studies. Covering everything from food to fashion and carnivals to consumerism, this innovative collection balances new perspectives on the politics of culture with in–depth analysis of topical issues. The more than two dozen essays included are thematically organized into sections addressing the history of popular culture studies, its genres and formulas, media and technologies, popular cultural pastimes and practices, its uses and abuses, and the politics of culture.

With contributions from established and emerging scholars at the forefront of the field including George Lipsitz, Jane Caputi, Devon Powers, and Amber Day,A Companion to Popular Culture will provide students and scholar with a comprehensive and up–to–date overview of this dynamic discipline.
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Notes on Contributors viii

Part I Introduction 1

1 Introduction 3Gary Burns

Part II Popular Culture as a Field of Study 11

2 The Historical Study of Popular Culture 13George Lipsitz

3 Textual Criticism of Popular Culture 31Brendan Riley

4 Ethnographic and Folkloristic Study of Popular Culture 48Daniel S. Margolies

5 Preservation, Restoration, and Accessibility of Popular Culture Materials 63Karen E. Whedbee

Part III Texts, Genres, and Formulas 83

6 The History and Logic of Genre Study 85Tricia Jenkins

7 Genres and Formulas in Popular Literature 101Gary Hoppenstand

8 Popular Music Genres 123Marco Katz Montiel

9 Popular Genres in the Visual Arts 144Joy Sperling

Part IV Media and Technologies 165

10 Technological Determinism 167Rob Drew

11 Material Culture and Heritage 184Marilyn Motz

12 Film and Television in Popular Culture 204Chuck Berg and Ron Wilson

13 Computers and Culture 223Paul Booth

Part V Pastimes and Practices 243

14 Food and Culture 245Ann Hetzel Gunkel

15 Sports 265Thomas P. Oates

16 Circuses, Carnivals, World s Fairs and Expositions, and Theme Parks 284Kathy Merlock Jackson

17 Humor in Popular Culture 302Ben Urish

18 Tourism, Travel, and Transportation 322Max J. Skidmore

Part VI Uses and Abuses 341

19 Advertising and Consumerism 343Devon Powers

20 Fashion in Popular Culture 361Patricia A. Cunningham

21 Popular Religion 381Nancy A. Schaefer

22 Children s Popular Culture 401Angela Sorby

23 Sex and Violence 421Jane Caputi

Part VII Politics of Culture 441

24 The Culture Industries 443Thomas A. Discenna

25 Globalization 461Mel van Elteren

26 The Politics of Documentary 484Jeffrey Chown

27 Culture Jamming and Media Activism 503Amber Day

28 Who Owns Culture? 518Heather McIntosh

29 Culture Wars, the Academy, and Future Directions for the Study of Popular Culture 537Michael T. Marsden

Index 550

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