Popular culture permeates every aspect of our lives: from the music we listen to, the films and television shows we watch and the books we read. But who decides what counts as popular culture? Why is it so important? And how...Show More
Popular culture permeates every aspect of our lives: from the music we listen to, the films and television shows we watch and the books we read. But who decides what counts as popular culture? Why is it so important? And how do we go about studying it?
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to popular culture and examines the problems and possibilities of studying this fast changing field. Employing a unique approach, Bowman uses techniques of deconstruction to unpick, analyse and deconstruct contemporary examples of popular culture. The book looks at music, Hollywood film and the self-help movement to question claims behind the importance of popular culture and encourage readers to form their own interpretations of the culture they experience every day.
With theory interwoven throughout, but in a way that is barely noticeable to the reader, the book provides covers the important theoretical work in the field, whilst directing the reader through ways to avoid common pitfalls in studying theory. An innovative user guide and glossary explain essential terms and ideas, making difficult concepts relevant, accessible and interesting. This witty, thought-provoking book provides a clear, novel introduction to popular culture for all students of cultural studies, media studies and sociology
Brilliantly written, this book makes complex theory very accessible
Lively analysis of internationally recognisable examples from TV, pop music and film
Innovative 'User Guide' and 'Glossary of Terms' sections examine key words and concepts
User Guide: At A Glance
Introduction: Deconstructing 'the Popular'
PART 1: Inversion
Help Me If You Can, I'm Feeling Down: Deconstructing Self-Help
Can I help you? Deconstructing(,) Words& Music
Ghost Dog: The Deconstruction of Identity
Street Fetishism: Popular Politics and Deconstruction
PART 2: Displacement
Counter-Culture versus Counter-Culture
McDeconstruction, the Popular: Deconstructing 'Deconstructing'
Alterdisciplinarity: Deconstructing Popular Cultural Studies
Appendix: Supplement: An (Incomplete) Glossary of (Impossible) Terms
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- The Invisible Medium Jerry Booth, Peter M. Lewis
- Encountering the Everyday Michael Hviid Jacobsen
- Culture and Identity Warren Kidd, Alison Teagle
- Social Theory in Popular Culture Lee Barron
- Popular Culture: Global Intercultural Perspectives Ann Brooks
- Deconstructing Popular Culture Paul Bowman
- Culture and Society Rosamund Billington, Sheelagh Strawbridge, Lenore Greensides, Annette Fitzsimons
- Representation and Photography Eric Michael Mazur, Edward Buscombe, Richard Collins
- Social Theories of Art Ian Heywood
- Cultural Change and Everyday Life David Chaney
- The Sociology of Art David Inglis, John Hughson
- Introducing Cultural and Media Studies Tony Thwaites, Lloyd Davis, Warwick Mules