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Deconstructing Popular Culture
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Deconstructing Popular Culture

by Paul Bowman
 

ISBN-10: 023054536X

ISBN-13: 9780230545366

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Macmillan Education UK

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230545366
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- 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.- Other-Wise Popular.- McDeconstruction, the Popular: Deconstructing 'Deconstructing'.- Alterdisciplinarity: Deconstructing Popular Cultural Studies.- Appendix: Supplement: An (Incomplete) Glossary of (Impossible) Terms.- Bibliography.- Index.

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