By John Storey
In this seventh variation of his award-winning Cultural concept and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has generally revised the textual content all through. As ahead of, the publication provides a transparent and significant survey of competing theories of and numerous ways to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical solidarity, exemplified via pop culture, implies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a few disciplines. additionally conserving the obtainable technique of past variants, and utilizing acceptable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this re-creation continues to be a key creation to the area.
New to this edition:
• largely revised, rewritten and up to date
• enhanced and accelerated content material throughout
• a brand new part on ‘The Contextuality of that means’ that explores how context affects that means
• a new bankruptcy on ‘The Materiality of pop culture’ that examines pop culture as fabric culture
• huge updates to the spouse web site at www.routledge.com/cw/storey, which include perform questions, extension actions and interactive quizzes, hyperlinks to appropriate web pages and additional examining, and a word list of key words.
The new version is still crucial studying for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural stories, media reports, conversation stories, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different similar subjects.
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Extra resources for Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader: An Introduction
Leavis, 1978: 270). The threat of democracy in matters both cultural and political is a terrifying thought for Leavisism. D. Leavis, ‘The people with power no longer represent intellectual authority and culture’ (191). Like Arnold, she sees the collapse of traditional authority coming at the same time as the rise of mass democracy. Together they squeeze the cultured minority and produce a terrain favourable for ‘anarchy’. Leavisism isolates certain key aspects of mass culture for special discussion.
Second, urbanization produced a residential separation of classes. For the first time in British history there were whole sections of towns and cities inhabited only by working men and women. Third, the panic engendered by the French Revolution – the fear that it might be imported into Britain – encouraged successive governments to enact a variety of repressive measures aimed at defeating radicalism. Political radicalism and trade unionism were not destroyed, but driven underground to organize beyond the influence of middle-class interference and control.
Culture is now the means to know the best that has been thought and said, as well as that body of knowledge and the application of that knowledge to the ‘inward condition of the mind and spirit’ (31). There is, however, a fourth aspect to consider: Arnold insists that culture seeks ‘to minister to the diseased spirit of our time’ (163). This would appear to be an example of culture’s third aspect. However, we are quickly told that culture will play its part ‘not so much by lending a hand to our friends and countrymen in their actual operations for the removal of certain definite evils, but rather in getting our countrymen to seek culture’ (163–4; my italics).