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5th Edition

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
A Reader

Edited By

John Storey

ISBN 9780815393542
Published December 18, 2018 by Routledge
682 Pages

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Book Description

The fifth edition of John Storey’s successful Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader is an essential companion volume to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, now in its eighth edition. The reader offers students the opportunity to experience first-hand the theorists and critics discussed in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction through crucial articles and essays spanning over a hundred years of cultural theory. It can be used both in conjunction with, and independently of, the textbook.

Taken as a whole, this book provides a theoretical, analytical, and historical introduction to the study of popular culture and provides key primary coverage of fundamental issues in cultural studies.

This edition includes:

  • a new section on class, as well as additional readings on sexuality and gender;
  • fully revised general and section introductions from the editor, contextualizing and linking the readings with key issues from the textbook;
  • a fully updated bibliography.

The new edition is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the sociology of culture, popular culture, and other related subjects.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition


Introduction: The Study of Popular Culture and Cultural Studies

Part One: The 'Culture and Civilization' Tradition


1. Culture and Anarchy Matthew Arnold

2. Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture F.R. Leavis

Part Two: Culturalism


3. The Full Rich Life & The Newer Mass Art: Sex in Shiny Packets Richard Hoggart

4. The Analysis of Culture Raymond Williams

5. Preface from The Making of the English Woking Class E.P. Thompson

6. The Young Audience Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel

Part Three: Marxism


7. Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas Karl Marx and Frederick Engles

8. Base and Superstructure Karl Marx

9. Letter to Joseph Bloch Frederick Engels

10. On Popular Music Theodor W. Adorno

11. Hegemony, Intellectuals and the State Antonio Gramsci

12. Popular Culture and the 'turn of Gramsci' Tony Bennett

13. Pleasurable Negotiations Christine Gledhill

14. The Rediscovery of 'Ideology': Return of the Repressed in Media Studies Stuart Hall

15. Post-Marxism without Apologies Ernesto Laclau with Chantal Mouffe

Part Four: Class and Class Struggle


16. Class Raymond Williams

17. The Communist Manifesto: Bourgeois and proletarians Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

18. Distinction & The Aristocracy of Culture Pierre Bourdieu

19. The Upper Classes: Visibility, Adaptability and Change Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn

20. Meritocracy as Plutocracy: the Marketising of ‘Equality’ under Neoliberalism Jo Littler

Part Five: Gender & Sexuality


21. Feminist Approaches to Popular Culture: Giving Patriarchy its Due Lana F. Rakow

22. Dallas and the Ideology of Mass Culture Ien Ang

23. Reading Reading the Romance Janice Radway

24. Imitation and Gender Insubordination Judith Butler

25. What a Man’s Gotta Do Anthony Easthope

26. Post-Feminism and Popular Culture Angela McRobbie

27. Blurred Lines: The Queer World of Bad Girls Vicky Ball

28. Post-postfeminism?: new feminist visibilities in postfeminist times Rosalind Gill

Part Six: Psychoanalysis


29. The Dream-Work Sigmund Freud

30. The Mirror Stage Jacques Lacan

Part Seven: Structuralism and Post-structuralism


31. Myth Today Roland Barthes

32. The Structure of Myth & The Structure of the Western Film Will Wright

33. Jules Verne: The Faulty Narrative Pierre Macherey

34. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses Louis Althusser

35. Method Michel Foucault

36. Feminism & The Principles of Poststructuralism Chris Weedon

37. From Reality to the Real Slavoj Zizek

Part Eight: 'Race', Racism and Representation


38. 'Get up, get into it and get involved' - Soul, Civil Rights and Black Power Paul Gilroy

39. The Color Purple: Black Women and Cultural Readers Jacqueline Bobo

40. What is this 'Black' in Black Popular Culture? Stuart Hall

41. Black Postmodernist Practices Cornel West (interviewed by Anders Stephanson)

42. Postmodern Blackness bell hooks

Part Nine: Postmodernism


43. The Precession of Simulacra Jean Baudrillard

44. From Here to Modernity: Feminism and Postmodernism Barbara Creed

45. Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism Meaghan Morris

46. Postmodernism and 'The Other Side' Dick Hebige

47. Fashion and Postmodernism Elizabeth Wilson

48. Genericity in the Nineties: Eclectic Irony and the New Sincerity Jim Collins

Part Ten: The Politics of the Popular


49. Notes on Deconstructing 'the Popular' Stuart Hall

50. Cultural Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century Boston: The Creation of an Organizational Base for High Culture in America Paul DiMaggio

51. Cultural Production Terry Lovell

52. The Practice of Everyday Life Michel de Certeau

53. The Popular Economy John Fiske

54. Feminist Desire and Female Pleasure Ien Ang



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John Storey is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK. He has published extensively in cultural studies, and is currently working on his thirteenth book, Refusing To Be Realistic: Cultural Studies and Utopian Desire. His work has been translated into multiple languages and he has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Vienna, Henan, and Wuhan, and a Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden. He is currently Chair Professor of the Changjiang Scholar Programme, Shaanxi Normal University, China.