An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture Second Edition Dominic Strinati LONDON AND NEW YORK First published by Routledge Second edition. Dominic Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. Read the full-text online edition of An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture ( ). to Theories of Popular Culture. By Dominic Strinati. No cover image.
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It cannot be arrested. It now remains to extend some of the critical points made above into a more general critique of this perspective.
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By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence. The domlnic aesthetic complexity, creativity, experiments and intellectual challenges of art cannot be achieved by the techniques or conditions which produce mass culture. It also shows, as does Q. This stance is even less surprising when it is realised how much common ground the School shares with mass culture theory.
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They consume styles in images, clothes and music in an active, meaningful and imaginative fashion, one which transforms the meanings of Americanisation and converts them into distinct subcultural tastes. The first line of thepries I want to look at claims that mass culture theory is elitist. It is not that difficult to find early examples of anti- American sentiment. Hebdige also begins to outline some of the cklture confronted by mass culture theory.
The focus of the book is theories and perspectives on popular culture. He argues that Adorno would probably regard it as evidence of continuity rather than change, of how the inevitable standardisation of popular music has introdction neatly masked by the transient novelty of style. Introductjon, in this respect, his following comment: Strinati explains how theorists such as Adorno, Barthes, Althusser and Hebdige have grappled with the many forms of popular culture, from Jazz to the Americanization of British popular culture, from Hollywood cinema to popular television series, from teen magazines to the spy novel.
However, mass society theory does not necessarily have a democratic theory of power, and if it does it does not think that it is a good thing.
An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture
The fantasies and happiness, the resolutions and reconciliations, offered by popular music and film make people realise how much their real lives lack these qualities, and thus how much they remain unfulfilled and unsatisfied. They may not all have been equally supported by empirical research, but their ideas have all formed an important point of reference for any attempt to analyse and evaluate popular culture. He assumed that Americanisation was an accomplished fact: What would the fulfilment of real needs involve?
Nielsen Book Data This is an introductory guide to the main theories of popular culture.
The tl years of the rock era have seen the coming and going of Doo-Wop, rockabilly, the girl group sound, surf music, the British invasion, psychedelic rock, folk rock, heavy metal, and punk, to name just a few. However, Gendron argues that Adorno takes his claims about standardisation too far, and he uses the example of doo- wop to develop his critique.
Kristinne Nigel Santos rated it liked it Jun 06, The nature of this audience therefore means that culture can be profitably mass produced. Both mass production industries and mass markets encouraged the spread of mass culture.
Postmodernism and Popular Culture– Conclusion. Likewise, consumer dominiv are being invested with more importance than they may actually possess. But it is probably its coverage and readability which have led to a second edition of this book being published.
The aim was to enlist the help of intellectuals, writers, novelists, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, academicians, architects, etc. A good example of this theory is to be found in the work of the philosopher Marcuse, a member of the School who stayed in America after intrdouction Second World War, and introductin its economic growth, affluence and consumerism, as well as its continuing problems of inequality, poverty and racism.
It would probably be correct to say that the equation Arnold draws is between Americanisation and mass democracy rather than Americanisation and mass culture. This best-selling text has been widely adopted on cultural studies, sociology and media studies courses and, together with Strinati’s new publication An Introduction to Studying Popular Culturewill provide an essential introduction to popular culture.
What you might do, however, is buy a similar kind of book if you could find one. Trivia About An Introduction t It is argued that aspects of mass production such as the assembly line, theoriws highly specialised division of labour, the strict separation of different stages of production, and output quotas some of which could be said to have characterised the Hollywood studio system between the s and the s stamp mass culture with the features associated with the products theorries mass production industries.
It was engaged in a critique of the Enlightenment.
An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture by Dominic Strinati
The picture is of a mass of people which, almost without thinking or reflecting, accepts mass culture and mass consumption. So we come back to the statement we started with, hopefully now more aware of its rationale. This is only part of a more general analysis of popular music to which I shall return below. They continue in the same vein: Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. People who live in capitalist societies think they are free but they are deluding themselves.
The idea here is that popular songs come to sound more and more like each other.