An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture Second Edition Dominic Strinati LONDON AND NEW YORK First published by Routledge Second edition. Dominic Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. Read the full-text online edition of An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture ( ). to Theories of Popular Culture. By Dominic Strinati. No cover image.

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Nor does it pretend to present an alternative theory of popular culture, though there are implied preferences which the more discerning reader might notice. In addition, the theories and perspectives which are discussed in the following chapters are assessed by their adequacy as sociological theories of popular culture.

Yet insofar as a difference has arisen between theories and studies which concentrate upon the mass media, and those which concentrate upon popular culture, this book will confine itself to the latter.

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Consider, in this respect, his following comment: Semiology has been defined as the scientific study of sign systems such as cultures. Mar 19, Amanda Hoskinson added it. But the possibility of a theoretically informed definition receiving widespread agreement is a long way off. If this is the case, popular culture cannot be seen as playing a functional role in ensuring the continued stability of capitalism.

This position is not, of course, without problems of its own, which include the relationship between power and the new popular arts, introducion accuracy and an exaggerated technological optimism. Religious certainties and communal verities give way to the amoral immediacy of rational individualism and secular anomie associated with the rise of mass consumption and mass culture, the moral placebos of a mass society.

Her analysis is therefore instructive not only for what it says about what she sees as the debasing effect of mass culture upon literary standards, but also for its political response to this situation which involves a coherent theory of the role of an intellectual and elite avant-garde. For this task, only an obscure and inaccessible language will do. The focus of the book is theories and perspectives on popular culture.

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It also perhaps opens up the difference between the critical arbitration of taste and a sociology of culture cf. Even if needs may be generally determined in some manner, they have to be socially recognised to be fulfilled or for their non-fulfilment to be understood.

A theorles of criticisms can be made of this idea of the audience.

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This should illustrate its relevance to debates about the nature of popular culture as mass culture. This account may be somewhat simplified and exaggerated. Bibliography Xn bibliographical references and index. No matter how impressed you are with this book, you are unlikely to go out and buy a second copy.

However, one question which needs thfories be dealt with first is: They are not free in the sense that the Frankfurt School uses the term. At other times he argues that adults are turned into children by the culture industry, using the metaphor of infantilism to characterise the regressive listener and regressive listening. Lists with This Book. Untroduction Hollywood star system is cited as an example: Standardisation means that popular songs are becoming more alike and their parts, verses and choruses more interchangeable.

The real problem sometimes seems to be that mass culture, unlike folk culture, refuses to stay in its place and stick with the masses, but has pretensions beyond its station and merits; it refuses to recognise traditional hierarchies of taste, and the cultural distinctions generated by those at the top. Admittedly, these societies have not had to face a proletarian revolution, but there is little evidence that this was ever on the cards in the first place.

Please enter populaf e-mail address es. This new edition provides fresh material on Marxism and feminism, while a new final chapter assesses the significance of the theories explained in the book. Chapter 3 Structuralism, semiology and popular culture Structural linguistics og the ideas of Saussure 81 Structuralism, culture and myth 86 Structuralism and Theroies Bond 93 Barthes, semiology and popular culture 99 Barthes, structuralism and semiology 99 Writing Degree Zero Myths and popular culture Bourgeois men and women novelists Structuralism and semiology: Mass culture theory tends to condemn mass culture as a whole.

Other arguments indicate that the issues involved are more complex than a simple decline of standards. The Frankfurt School and the culture industry — 3. Doo-wop is defined by Gendron as: Rather their freedom is restricted to the freedom to choose between different consumer goods or different brands of the same good, or tk political parties who in fact look and sound the same. Jose Fernandez rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Lowenthalfor example, has traced some of its central arguments back to the writings of Pascal and Montaigne in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and linked their emergence to the rise of a market economy.


In this chapter we shall first place the School cultrue context, as this may help us understand some of its ideas.

Publication date ISBN pbk. As with so many who hold to this understanding of popular culture, MacDonald adopts a position of cultural pessimism. The hierarchical relationship between art and mass culture is equivalent to, and reinforced by, the hierarchical relationship between masculinity and femininity.

Intdoduction my theodies quote: Second, the theories covered in this book have all played an important part, at different times, in moulding arguments about how popular culture can and should be interpreted.

An introduction to theories of popular culture

However, according to much evidence, this does not convey adequately what adults or children do when they consume popular culture. The point here is that if no appropriate framework of moral order is forthcoming, if people do not have a secure sense of moral value, then a spurious and ineffectual order will emerge instead, and people will turn to surrogate and fake moralities.

SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Robinson,Public Enemy with James Cagney,Scarface with George Raft,helped working-class youngsters see themselves popualr heroes rather than bystanders, the subject of life rather than its object.

Imprint London ; New York: They construct it with the popular cultural materials available, rather than being constructed by them.

Its growth means there is less room for any populxr which cannot make money, and which cannot be mass produced for a mass market, such as art and folk culture.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item The third point is that bad mass culture drives out good culture, both folk culture and art.