1st Edition

Pop Culture Freaks Identity, Mass Media, and Society

By Dustin Kidd Copyright 2014
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Love it or hate it, popular culture permeates every aspect of contemporary society. In this accessibly written introduction to the sociology of popular culture, Dustin Kidd provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet.

    Utilizing each chapter

    Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. An Introduction to the Sociology of Popular Culture; 2. Racial Perspectives on Popular Culture; 3. Class Perspectives on Popular Culture; 4. Gender Perspectives on Popular Culture; 5. Sexuality Perspectives on Popular Culture; 6. Disability Perspectives on Popular Culture; 7. Translating Harry Potter; 8. Conclusions; Appendix 1: A Brief History of Printing and Publishing; Appendix 2: A Brief History of the Music Industry; Appendix 3: A Brief History of Film; Appendix 4: A Brief History of Television; Appendix 5: A Brief History of the Internet; References; Glossary; Index


    Dustin Kidd is a pop culture expert and associate professor of sociology at Temple University. His research examines film, television, fiction, social media, comics, video games, music, and the arts, focusing on both inequalities and the ways marginalized groups use media to challenge those inequalities. He is the author of the books Social Media Freaks, Pop Culture Freaks, and Legislating Creativity. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an MA in English from the University of Virginia.