Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture : Second Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

A revised and fully updated new edition of this best-selling introduction to the study of contemporary popular culture. The book presents an accessible introduction to the range of theories and methods which have been used to study contemporary popular culture. Doing this, it also provides a map of the development of cultural studies through discussion of its most influential approaches. Organised around a series of case studies, each chapter focuses on a different media form and presents a critical overview of the methodology for the actual study of popular culture. Individual chapters cover topics such as television, fiction, film, newspapers and magazines, popular music, consumption (television, fan culture and shopping), and the culture of globalisation.

For students new to the field, the book provides instantly usable theories and methods; for those more familiar with the procedures and politics of cultural studies, the book provides a succinct and accessible overview.

The third edition has been revised, rewritten and expanded throughout, including a revised and updated Bibliography. More specifically, the book now includes new sections on print media and celebrity, communities in cyberspace, and a Postscript on the circuit of culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748640386
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Storey is professor of cultural studies and director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland. He has published widely in cultural studies, including seven books that have been translated into numerous languages. He is the recent author of Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification.

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Table of Contents

Preface to third edition

1 Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: An Introduction 1

Cultural Studies and Popular Culture 1

More about this Book 7

Notes 8

2 Television 9

Encoding and Decoding Televisual Discourse 9

Television Talk 18

Television and 'The Ideology of Mass Culture' 25

The Two Economies of Television 32

New Media, You Tube and Post-Television 34

Notes 40

3 Fiction 42

Reading the Popular 42

Ideology and Symptomatic Reading 43

Reception Theory 47

Reading Formations 55

Feminism and Romance Reading 66

Notes 76

4 Film 78

Structuralism and Film 78

Visual Pleasure and Film 83

Cultural Studies and Film 85

5 Newspapers and Magazines 93

The Popular Press 93

Magazines for Women and Girls 99

Reading Visual Culture 109

Celebrity and Print Media 115

Notes 117

6 Music 118

The Political Economy of Pop Music 118

Youth and Pop Music 124

Subcultures, Ethnography and Structural Homologies 126

Words and Music: Making Plain Talk Dance 131

Politics and Pop Music 134

Notes 137

7 COnsumption in Everyday Life 138

Consumption and Cultural Studies 138

Subcultural Consumption 141

Fan Cultures and Textual Poaching 147

Shopping as Popular Culture 156

Notes 159

8 Globalisation and Popular Culture 160

Globalisation 160

Globalisation as Cultural Americanisation 161

Hegemony and Globalisation 171

Note 172

9 Postscript: The Circuit of Culture 173

References 179

Index 187

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