8th Edition

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
An Introduction

ISBN 9780415786638
Published January 24, 2018 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

In this eighth edition of his award-winning Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, John Storey presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. Its breadth and theoretical unity, exemplified through popular culture, means that it can be flexibly and relevantly applied across a number of disciplines.

Retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area.

New to this edition:

  • revised, rewritten and updated throughout
  • brand new chapter on class and popular culture
  • updated student resources at www.routledge.com/cw/storey.

The new edition remains 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

Contents 1. What is popular culture? Culture. Ideology. Popular culture. Popular culture as other. Further reading. 2. The ‘culture and civilisation’ tradition Matthew Arnold. Leavisism. Mass culture in America: the post-war debate. The culture of other people. Further reading. 3. Culturalism Richard Hoggart: The Uses of Literacy. Raymond Williams: ‘The analysis of culture’. E.P. Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class. Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel: The Popular Arts. The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. Further reading. 4. Marxisms Classical Marxism. The English Marxism of William Morris. The Frankfurt School. Althusserianism. Hegemony. Post-Marxism and cultural studies. Further reading. 5. Psychoanalysis Freudian psychoanalysis. Lacanian psychoanalysis. Cine-psychoanalysis. Slavoj Žižek and Lacanian fantasy. Further reading. 6. Structuralism and post-structuralism Ferdinand de Saussure. Claude Lévi-Strauss, Will Wright and the American Western. Roland Barthes: Mythologies. Post-structuralism. Jacques Derrida. Discourse and power: Michel Foucault. The panoptic machine. Further reading. 7. Class and Class Struggle. Class and Popular Culture, Class in Cultural Studies, Class and Class Struggle, Consumption as Class Distinction, Popular Culture and Class Struggle, The Ideological Work of Meritocracy. Notes.Further Reading8. Gender and sexuality Feminisms. Women at the cinema. Reading romance. Watching Dallas. Reading women’s magazines. Post-Feminism. Men’s studies and masculinities. Queer theory. Further reading. 9. ‘Race’, racism and representation ‘Race’ and racism. The ideology of racism: its historical emergence. Orientalism. Whiteness. Anti-racism and cultural studies. Further reading. 10. Postmodernism The postmodern condition. Postmodernism in the 1960s. Jean-François Lyotard. Jean Baudrillard. Fredric Jameson. Postmodern pop music. Postmodern television. Postmodernism and the pluralism of value. The global postmodern. Convergence culture. Afterword. Further reading 11. The Materiality of Popular Culture. Materiality. Materiality as Actor. Meaning and Materiality. Materiality without Meaning. Material Objects in Different Cultures. Futher reading.12. The politics of the popular The cultural field. The economic field. Post-Marxist cultural studies: hegemony revisited. The ideology of mass culture. Further reading. Notes Bibliography Index

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John Storey is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. He has published widely in cultural studies, including twelve books. The most recent is Theories of Consumption (2017).

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