By John Storey
Filenote: PDF is from ebl, and oddly this imprint isn't the general TF caliber imprint e.g. TF have taken their epub and switched over to pdf + pagination.
In this sixth version of his winning Cultural concept and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has greatly revised the textual content all through. As sooner than, the booklet provides a transparent and significant survey of competing theories of and numerous ways to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical team spirit, exemplified via pop culture, implies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a couple of disciplines. additionally conserving the obtainable procedure of prior variations, and utilizing acceptable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this re-creation is still a key advent to the area.
New to this edition
• greatly revised, rewritten and updated
• better and extended content material throughout
• New sections at the English Marxism of William Morris, Post-Feminism, and Whiteness
The new version continues to be crucial studying for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural reviews, media experiences, communique reviews, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different similar matters.
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Additional resources for Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (6th Edition)
The book traces the debate between high and popular culture, with particular, but not exclusive, reference to the Australian experience, from the eighteenth century to the present day. 48 Milner, Andrew, Contemporary Cultural Studies, 2nd edn, London: UCL Press, (1994). A useful introduction to contemporary cultural theory. Mukerji, Chandra and Michael Schudson (eds), Rethinking Popular Culture, Berkeley: University of California Press, (1991). A collection of essays, with an informed and interesting introduction.
Knowledge and truth in the full sense of the words, are not attainable by the great mass of the human race at all (Arnold, 1960–77: 591). These are very revealing statements. If the mass of humankind is to be always satisfied with inadequate ideas, never able to attain truth and knowledge, for whom are the small circle working? And what of the adequate ideas they will make current – current for whom? For other small circles of elites? Arnold’s small circle would appear to be little more than a self-perpetuating intellectual elite.
D. Leavis, ‘The people with power no longer represent intellectual authority and culture’ (191). Like Arnold, she sees the collapse of traditional authority coming at the same time as the rise of mass democracy. Together they squeeze the cultured minority and produce a terrain favourable for ‘anarchy’. Leavisism isolates certain key aspects of mass culture for special discussion. Popular fiction, for example, is condemned for offering addictive forms of ‘compensation’ and ‘distraction’: This form of compensation … is the very reverse of recreation, in that it tends, not to strengthen and refresh the addict for living, but to increase his unfitness by habituating him to weak evasions, to the refusal to face reality at all (Leavis and Thompson, 1977: 100).