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The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture

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Edited by Toby Miller


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Research on popular culture is a dynamic, fast-growing domain. In scholarly terms, it cuts across many areas, including communication studies, sociology, history, American studies, anthropology, literature, journalism, folklore, economics, and media and cultural studies. The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture provides an authoritative, up-to-date, intellectually broad, internationally-aware, and conceptually agile guide to the most important aspects of popular culture scholarship.

Specifically, this Companion includes:

  • interdisciplinary models and approaches for analyzing popular culture;
  • wide-ranging case studies;
  • discussions of economic and policy underpinnings;
  • analysis of textual manifestations of popular culture;
  • examinations of political, social, and cultural dynamics; and
  • discussions of emerging issues such as ecological sustainability and labor.

Featuring scholarly voices from across six continents, The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture presents a nuanced and wide-ranging survey of popular culture research.

Table of Contents

Toby Miller: Introduction: Global Popular Culture Part I. THEORIES 1. Vincent Mosco (Queen’s University): Political Economy 2. Anthony Quinn (Dublin Institute of Technology): Theoretically Accounting for Television Formats in the New International Division of Cultural Labour3. Bob Hodge (University of Western Sydney): Social Semiotics4. Helen Wood (University of Leicester): Audiences: the Lived Experience of Popular Culture5. Graeme Turner (University of Queensland): The Media and Democratization6. Marisol Sandoval (City University of London): Participation (Un)Limited: Social Media and the Prospects of a Common Culture7. Kelly Gates (University of California, San Diego): Designing Affective Consumers: Emotion Analysis in Market Research8. Shawn Shimpach (University of Massachusetts, Amherst): The Metrics, Reloaded 9. Dana Polan (New York University): Roland Barthes’s Mythologies: A Breakthrough Contribution to the Study of Mass Culture 10. Alec McHoul (Murdoch University): The Humdrum11. Jo Littler (City University of London): Celebrity12. Karin Wilkins (University of Texas, Austin): Celebrities in Global Development 13. Ana María Munar (Copenhagen Business School) and Richard Ek (Lund University): Relationbits: You, Me and the Other14. Stuart Cunningham and Jon Silver (Queensland University of Technology): Studying Change in Popular Culture: A "Middle-Range" Approach 15. John Hartley (Curtin University): Externalism and Linked Brains: Popular Culture as a Knowledge-Creating Deme Part II. GENRES 16. Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University): De Do Do Do, De Da Da Dadaism: Popular Culture and the Avant-Garde 17. Maria Pramaggiore (Maynooth University): Privatization is the New Black: Quality Television and the Re-Fashioning of the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex (PRIC) 18. Tiffany Sostar and Rebecca Sullivan (University of Calgary): The Money Shot in Feminist Queer and Mainstream Pornographies 19. Douglas Kellner (University of California, Los Angeles): The Horrors of Slavery and Modes of Representation in Amistad and 12 Years a Slave 20. Michael G. Lacy (City University of New York, Queens): Racial Monsters, Shadows, and Inequalities in Contemporary American Cinema: Black Frankenstein Haunts Racial Neoliberalism in Changing Lanes 21. Paula Requeijo Rey (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): Nonverbal as a Key in Howard Hawks’ Cinema: The Importance of Adaptors in His Girl Friday 22. Kathleen A. McHugh (University of California, Los Angeles): The Labor of Classical Maternal Melodramas 23. Miguel Mera (City University of London): Agitprop Rap?: ‘IllManors’ and the Impotent Indifference of Social Protest 24. Timothy D. Taylor (University of California, Los Angeles): World Music 25. Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University): The Shifting Boundaries of Jazz and/in Popular Culture 26. Anamaria Tamayo Duque (Universidad de Antioquia): Body, Space and Authenticity in Shakira’s Video "My Hips Don’t Lie" 27. Leonarda Garcia-Jimenez (Universidad de Murcia), Miquel Rodrigo Alsina (Universidad de Pompeu Fabra), and Antonio Pineda (Universidad de Sevilla): "We Cannot Live in Our Own Neighborhood": An Approach to the Construction of Intercultural Communication in Television News 28. David Rowe (University of Western Sydney): Online Tabloid Newspapers 29. Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff University): Media Representation of Science and Health: The Case of Coma 30. Sarah Berry (Portland State University): Mass Movement: Popular Culture and the End of the Corset 31. Geoff Lealand (University of Waikato): Shirley Temple: Child Star 32. Ranjani Mazumdar (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Retro in Contemporary Bombay Cinema Part III. PLACES 33. Robert W. McChesney (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): The Personal is Political: The Political Economy of Noncommercial Radio Broadcasting in the United States 34. Vicki Mayer (Tulane University): Little Hollywoods: The Cultural Impacts of Runaway Film Production 35. Bruno Campanella (Universidade Federal Fluminense): The Next Ronald Reagan? Celebrity, Social Entrepreneurism, and the Case of Brazilian TV Host Luciano Huck 36. Roy Krøvel (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences): Solidarity Matters—Global Solidarity, Revolution and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America 37. Talitha Espiritu-Charara (Wheaton College): Performing Native Identities: Human Displays and Indigenous Activism in Marcos’ Philippines 38. Drew P. Cingel and Ellen Wartella (Northwestern University): "Like" it or Not: The Impact of Facebook and Social Networking Sites on Adolescents’ Responses to Peer Influence 39. Jim McKay (University of Queensland) and Brad West (University of South Australia): Gallipoli, Tourism and Australian Nationalism 40. Kate Oakley (University of Leeds): ‘Creativity is for People—Arts for Posh People’: Popular Culture and the UK New Labour Government 41. Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman (Goldsmith’s College, University of London): The Politics and Possibilities of Media Reform: Lessons from the UK 42. Inka Salovaara (Aarhus University): Spaces of Emotions: Technology, Media and Affective Activism 43. Anthony Fung (City University of Hong Kong), John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist University), and Frances Yang: Asian Popular Culture Review 44. Jenine Abboushi (American University of Beirut): Capitals Without Countries: Cairo and Beirut in English 45. Dominic Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles): La Sape: Fashion and Performance 46. Edson Farias (Universidade de Brasília) and Bianca Freire-Medeiros (Getulio Vargas Foundation): "Popular Culture" in a Changing Brazil


About the Editor


Toby Miller

London, London, United Kingdom

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Toby Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside, the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University, and Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He is the author and editor of more than thirty books, including Television Studies: The Basics and The Contemporary Hollywood Reader.

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Subject Categories

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