‘Popular culture’ is more than just a broad term for entertainment and frivolous diversions and is highly relevant to many aspects of society.
In this exciting textbook, the authors offer insights into the important, but often overlooked, relationship between popular culture and social problems. Drawing on historical and topical examples, they apply an innovative theoretical framework to examine how facets of popular culturefrom movies and music, to toys and games, as well as billboards, bumper stickers, and braceletsshape how we think about, and respond to, social issues.
Including student features, evocative case studies and online material, this is the first book to make the link between popular culture and social problems and will help students understand the relationship between them. Deftly combining the fun and irreverence of popular culture with a critical scholarly inquiry, this timely book delivers an engaging account of how our interactions with popular culture matter more than we think!
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
R. J. Maratea is visiting assistant professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University. Brian Monahan is associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Marywood University. He is the author of The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11.
Table of Contents
Understanding Social Problems and Popular Culture;
Blaming Popular Culture for the Existence of Social Problems;
Spreading Problem Claims Through Popular Culture;
Popular Culture and Pushback;
Marketing Social Problems Through Popular Culture;