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By John Storey

In this seventh variation of his award-winning Cultural conception and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has largely revised the textual content all through. As ahead of, the booklet provides a transparent and important survey of competing theories of and numerous methods to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical harmony, exemplified via pop culture, implies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a couple of disciplines. additionally holding the obtainable method of prior versions, and utilizing acceptable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this new version continues to be a key creation to the area.

New to this edition:

• broadly revised, rewritten and up to date

• stronger and improved content material throughout

• a brand new part on ‘The Contextuality of which means’ that explores how context affects that means

• a new bankruptcy on ‘The Materiality of pop culture’ that examines pop culture as fabric culture

• broad updates to the spouse web site at, consisting of perform questions, extension actions and interactive quizzes, hyperlinks to proper web content and extra interpreting, and a thesaurus of keywords.

The re-creation is still crucial analyzing for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural reports, media experiences, communique stories, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different similar subjects.

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For it must be remembered that popular culture is not a historically fixed set of popular texts and practices, nor is it a historically fixed conceptual category. The object under theoretical scrutiny is both historically variable, and always in part constructed by the very act of theoretical engagement. This is further complicated by the fact that different theoretical perspectives have tended to focus on particular areas of the popular cultural landscape. ). The aim of this book, therefore, is to provide readers with a map of the terrain to enable them to begin their own explorations, to begin their own mapping of the main theoretical and political debates that have characterized the study of popular culture.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader, 4th edn, Harlow: Pearson Education, 2009. This is the companion volume to this book. It contains examples of most of the work discussed here. uk/storey). The website has links to other useful sites and electronic resources. Agger, Ben, Cultural Studies as Cultural Theory, London: Falmer Press, 1992. As the title implies, this is a book about cultural studies written from a perspective sympathetic to the Frankfurt School. It offers some useful commentary on popular culture, especially Chapter 2: ‘Popular culture as serious business’.

Coleridge (1972) distinguishes between ‘civilisation’ (‘a mixed good, if not far more a corrupting influence’) and ‘cultivation’ (‘the harmonious development of those qualities and faculties which characterise our humanity’) (33). To simplify, Coleridge suggests that civilization refers to the nation as a whole; cultivation is the property of a small minority, whom he calls the ‘clerisy’. It is the function of the cultivated clerisy to guide the progress of civilization: the objects and final intention of the whole order being these – preserve the stores, and to guard the treasures, of past civilisation, and thus to bind the present to the past; to perfect and add to the same, and thus to connect the present with the future; but especially to diffuse through the whole community, and to every native entitled to its laws and rights, that quantity and quality of knowledge which was indispensable both for understanding of those rights, and for the performance of the duties correspondent (34).

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