Popular Culture

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Edited by: Michael Pickering

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446262900 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781848602007 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446262900 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Culture and Society |
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Abstract

Popular culture is as debated as it is pervasive. It is pervasive in that the symbolic worlds in which we live and out of which we construct sense are in many different ways, understood as and within popular culture. It is debated that it has been polarized as a negative or positive counterpart to other dimensions of cultural activity.

In Popular Culture, a four-volume text, volume one establishes the historical dimension necessary for the study of popular culture, showing how popular culture has developed over the past two centuries in the West, and how it has operated as a site of aesthetic debate and contestation, as well as of communal pleasure and social interaction. The second and third volumes are devoted to the different theoretical perspectives ...

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  • Editor's Introduction: Studying Popular Culture

    MichaelPickering

    Prologue

    Popular culture is as much debated as it is pervasive. It is pervasive in that the symbolic worlds in which we live, and out of which we construct a sense of ourselves, of each other, of the spaces and places in which we live and of other spaces and places in which other people live, are in many different ways constituted as and within popular culture. In this sense popular culture ranges across the many forms and practices involved in everyday culture, which in turn embraces both vernacular cultural modes and artifacts and media cultural texts, genres and performances.

    It is debated because that which it covers has often been used as a negative or positive polarised counterpart to other dimensions ...

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