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Long popular with students who have used it, Popping Culture presents a compilation of articles dealing with current issues in popular culture, including media violence, sexuality, social inequality, racism, and war. Some of the leading theorists in cultural studies today, including Stuart Ewen, Mark Crispin Miller, William Hoynes, Henry Giroux and Christopher Sharrett among others, take on these subjects with a critical perspective aimed at “popping” the conceptual bubbles that surround them.

The articles are organized around central themes and issues in popular culture today: social class, gender, violence, ideology, and race.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780558796686
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sakeris is Professor Emeritus of sociology at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has published articles in the areas of gender, queer studies, and political economy. Murray Pomerance chairs the sociology department at Ryerson, where he studies media and society. In 1995, professors Sakeris and Pomerance created the Media Studies Working Group at Ryerson. Together they have edited Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot! (1999), a collection of essays on guns and popular culture, and Closely Watched Brains (2001).

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Table of Contents



A Class Act

1 Timothy Shary

“The only place to go is inside”: Confusions about Sexuality and Class from Kids to Napoleon Dynamite

2 Thomas E. Wartenberg

“What’s a smart boy like you doing in a class like this?” Intelligence and Class in Good Will Hunting

3 Stuart Ewen

The Public Mind and the Pictures in Our Heads: A Riff

The Genders of Popular Culture

4 John Sakeris

“How can I quit you?”: Gay Visibility from “Ellen” to Brokeback Mountain

5 Kristen Hatch

Girl Meets Boy: Romantic Comedies After Feminism

6 Michael DeAngelis

The Completely Accessible Star Persona of Mr. Keanu Reeves

7 Jennifer Brayton

Getting It On in Virtual Reality Narratives: “Sex” in The Matrix and Other Films

Pop Violence

8 George Gerbner

Who Is Shooting Whom?: The Content and Context of Media Violence

9 Fred Turner

This Is for Fighting, This Is for Fun: Camerawork and Gunplay in Reality-Based Crime Shows

10 Fiona Whittington-Walsh

Beautiful Ever After: “Extreme Makeover” and the Spectacle of Rebirth

11 Susan Sherr

Media Framing of Children-at-Risk

Screened Ideologies

12 Stephen L. Muzzatti

They Sing the Body Ecstatic: Television Commercials and Captured Music

13 Kirby Farrell

Aliens Amok: Men in Black Policing Subjectivity Onscreen

14 Dan Streible

The Wonderful, Horrible Films of Paul Verhoeven

15 Linda Robertson

Air Wars: Lone Wolves and Civilized Violence at the Movies and Live from (Baghdad)2

16 William Hoynes

Embedded: The News of War and the War Over News

17 Mark Crispin Miller

Saddam and Osama in the Entertainment State

Race for the Screen

18 Martti Lahti

Powerful Innocents: The “Victimization” of White Men in Regarding Henry and Forrest Gump

19 Raúl Damacio Tovares

Under Construction: The Mexican American Youth Gang Story and Local Television News

20 Cynthia Fuchs

“Get Your Mind Right”: Juvenile Renewed

21 Susan Searls Giroux and Henry A. Giroux

On Seeing and Not Seeing Race: Crash and the Politics of Bad Faith


General Index

Index of Films, Television, Games, and Comics

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