Culture and Everyday Life provides students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical models, issues and examples of contemporary cultural practice. Andy Bennett begins by summarising and situating - in everyday settings - the key theoretical models applied in the study of existing cultural practices. This entails a systematic study of how academic thinking about mass culture has changed, from critical accounts of early mass cultural theorists to radical postmodernist critiques of mass cultural accounts and to 'the cultural turn', which explored how various social identities are culturally constructed.

Media and New Media

Media and New Media

Media and new media

… media culture has become a dominant force of socialization, with media images and celebrities replacing families, schools, and churches as arbitors of taste, value and thought, producing new models of identification and resonant images of style, fashion and behaviour. (Kellner, 1995: 17)

As the above observation by Kellner illustrates, popular media, that is mediums of communication such as television, newspapers and magazines, are a central aspect of everyday life in late modernity. For over half a century, popular media have not only been a primary source of information but have also played a significant part in shaping individuals’ perceptions of the world around them. Since the late twentieth century advances in digital technology have meant that ‘traditional’ forms ...

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