Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0415235006

ISBN-13: 9780415235006

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Dominic Strinati

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In this clear and comprehensive guide to the major theories of popular culture Dominic Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have helped us to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies.
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Strinati is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Mass culture and popular culture
Mass culture and mass society
The mass culture debate
Mass culture and Americanisation
Americanisation and the critique of mass culture theory
A critique of mass culture theory
The Frankfurt School and the culture industry
The origins of the Frankfurt School
The theory of commodity fetishism
The Frankfurt School's theory of modern capitalism
The culture industry
The culture industry and popular music
Adorno's theory of popular music, Cadillacs and doo-wop
The Frankfurt School: a critical assessment
Benjamin and the critique of the Frankfurt School
Structuralism, semiology and popular culture
Structural linguistics and the ideas of Saussure
Structuralism, culture and myth
Structuralism and James Bond
Barthes, semiology and popular culture
Barthes, structuralism and semiology
Writing Degree Zero
Myths and popular culture
Bourgeois men and women novelists
Structuralism and semiology: some key problems
Levi-Strauss's structuralism
Roland Barthes's semiology
Marxism, political economy and ideology
Marx and ideology
Marxism and political economy
The limits of political economy
Althusser's theory of ideology and structuralist Marxism
Althusser's Marxism: economic determinism and ideology
Gramsci, Marxism and popular culture
Gramsci's concept of hegemony
Conclusions: Marxism, Gramscian Marxism and popular culture
Feminism and popular culture
The feminist critique
Women and advertising
The feminist analysis of popular culture
Feminism and mass culture
Feminist theory and the critique of content analysis
Feminist theory, patriarchy and psychoanalysis
Feminist theory and the study of ideology
Feminist analysis, semiology and ideology
Feminist analysis, ideology and audiences
Conclusion
Postmodernism, contemporary popular culture and recent theoretical developments
What is postmodernism?
Culture and society
An emphasis on style at the expense of substance
Art and popular culture
Confusions over time and space
The decline of metanarratives
Contemporary popular culture and postmodernism
Architecture
Cinema
Television
Advertising
Pop music
The emergence of postmodernism
Consumerism and media-saturation
New middle-class occupations
The erosion of identity
The limits of postmodernism
Some recent theoretical developments
Discourse and popular culture
The 'dialogical' approach to popular culture
Cultural populism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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