Pop Culture Freaks Identity, Mass Media, and Society

ISBN-10: 0813349125

ISBN-13: 9780813349121

Edition: 2014

Authors: Dustin Kidd
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Description: Love it or hate it, popular culture permeates every aspect of contemporary society. In this introduction to the sociology of popular culture, Dustin Kidd provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet.In Pop Culture Freaks, Kidd highlights the tension between inclusion and individuality that lies beneath mass media and commercial culture, using this tension as a point of entry to an otherwise expansive topic. He systematically considers several dimensions of identity—race, class, gender, sexuality, disability—to provide a broad overview of the field that encompasses classical and contemporary theory; original data; topical and timely examples; and a strong pedagogical focus on methods. Utilizing each chapter to present core topical and timely examples, Kidd’s accessible writing encourages students to develop further research questions and projects from the material. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis are brought to bear in Kidd’s examination of the labor force for cultural production, the representations of identity in cultural objects, and the surprising differences in how various audiences consume and use mass culture in their everyday lives.

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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 3/4/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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