5th Edition

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture A Reader

Edited By John Storey Copyright 2019
    682 Pages
    by Routledge

    682 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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




    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.

    'Freshly contextualised, and featuring an enhanced emphasis on class as well as significant new readings, this revised edition of Storey’s classic collection of foundational readings will reconfirm the book’s status as a fundamental resource for students of cultural studies.'
    Graeme Turner, University of Queensland

    ‘John Storey’s work on popular culture is justly renowned the world over. This latest edition of his Reader is a landmark event. Ideal for teaching, researching, refreshing.'
    Toby Miller, Loughborough University