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Popular Culture: The Basics

By Gary Hoppenstand

© 2015 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

Popular Culture: The Basics is a fast-paced and lively introduction to the theories and methods of popular culture studies. Opening with a definition of ‘popular culture’, the book embarks on a tour of those cultural forms which have kept the masses entertained, including:

  • print popular culture from Story Papers and ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ to paperback bestsellers
  • stage shows from burlesque and vaudeville to pop concerts
  • film, radio and television
  • computers, the internet and video games
  • digital media: mobile devices and social networking sites.

Featuring a glossary, timeline and bibliography, this is an ideal starting point for anyone with a serious interest in key cultural theories.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Towards a Definition of Popular Culture 2. Before Popular Culture 3. Print Popular Culture 4. Performance Popular Culture 5. Electronic Popular Culture 6. The Future of Popular Culture. Glossary

About the Author

Gary Hoppenstand is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University, USA.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies