Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (5th by John Storey

By John Storey

Story's fifth variation of this industry best textbook presents an enticing, transparent and coherent advent to cultural thought via well known culture.Extensively revised, rewritten and up to date to provide higher worth and a much broader wisdom base for the coed better and elevated content material all through including:New bankruptcy on ‘Race’, racism and representationNew sections at the Panoptic computing device and Convergence tradition endured particular hyperlinks to the hot version significant other reader Cultural thought and pop culture: a reader extra illustrative diagrams and photographs to make sure that idea is dropped at life, allowing students to draw comparisons among thought and perform totally revised, stronger and up to date better half web site delivering perform and extension advertise additional figuring out of the examine of cultural concept and pop culture

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If one existed, the masses could have mass culture and the elite could have high culture. However, without a cultural elite, America is under threat from a Gresham’s Law of culture: the bad will drive out the good; the result will be not just a homogeneous culture but a ‘homogenized culture . . that threatens to engulf everything in its spreading ooze’ (27), dispersing the cream from the top and turning the American people into infantile masses. His conclusions are pessimistic to say the least: ‘far from Mass Culture getting better, we will be lucky if it doesn’t get worse’ (29).

In short, culture would remove popular culture. Against such ‘anarchy’, culture recommends the State: ‘We want an authority . . culture suggests the idea of the State’ (96). Two factors make the State necessary. First, the decline of the aristocracy as a centre of authority; second, the rise of democracy. Together they create a terrain favourable to anarchy. The solution is to occupy this terrain with a mixture of culture and coercion. Arnold’s cultured State is to function to control and curtail the social, economic and cultural aspirations of the working class until the middle class is sufficiently cultured to take on this function itself.

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 edition, 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.

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