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Popular Culture and Mothering

  • By: Elizabeth Podnieks
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Popular culture is a broad term deriving from the more general definition of culture as that which constitutes the customs, beliefs, behaviors, and productions of particular societies or groups of people. In the most basic sense, popular culture suggests the culture within the ordinary or everyday world in which people work, go to school, interact with others, and be entertained, for instance. The notion of the popular is rooted in preindustrial or folk culture, but today it is generally taken to refer to the goods and services created, consumed, and interpreted by members of societies in the specific historical context dating roughly from the industrial revolution in the Western world from the mid-19th century on. As such, popular culture is synonymous with mass culture, in ...

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