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Popular culture or Pop culture refer to what we do in our leisure time. Popular culture is a subculture that is shared by everyone or the mass of the society. Popular culture also has its consumption patterns, beliefs, and attitudes. Popular culture must be examined in the context of mass society, mass media and the television in particular. Popular culture and mass culture are those types of media that have mass accessibility and appeal. Popular culture refers to cultural products such as music, art, literature, and fashion that are consumed by the majority of a society's population. Since the Frankfurt School, which identified with the ‘high culture’ of the intellectual classes, popular culture has been seen as commercialized, serving the interests of the capitalist system.

Intellectual opinions of popular culture, the culture of the masses, have been shaped by critical theory. That "culture" was divisible into different types such as high culture, popular culture, and folk culture are the most common distinctions that came from the writings of Matthew Arnold.

Popular culture as we know it came about in the second half of the nineteenth century and was viewed very negatively by those who dared to acknowledge its existence. Postmodernism and Post-modernists see popular culture as representing the voices of the previously silent. Post-modernists examine the way popular culture is produced.

Popular culture is really a mass culture, brought to us by the mass media which reinforces the dominant values of consumer capitalism, materialism, patriarchy, racism and so on. John Fiske prefers to view popular culture as something distinct from 'mass culture.' Fiske argues that corporations are interested mainly in making money and reinforcing the dominant ideology thesis that support their system. Fiske explores peoples' everyday efforts as creative participants in what he considers the truly popular culture. Consumer Culture invariably shapes Fashion Culture. Counterculture is a set of cultural ideas that, to some extent, differ from and conflict with, those generally upheld in the society.

Popular Culture Abstracts

An introduction to theories of popular culture - Strinati, D.- Routledge.
Abstract: The publication represents a clear and comprehensive guide to the major theories of popular culture, and a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. Among the theories and ideas that the book introduces are: mass culture; the Frankfurt School and the cultural industries; structuralism and semiology; Marxism, political economy and ideology; feminism; postmodernism; and cultural populism.

Gay Sexuality in Singaporean Chinese Popular Culture - Where Have All the Boys Gone?
Kenneth Chan - In offering a selective survey of gay sexuality in Singaporean Chinese popular culture, particularly television, film, and theater, this article examines how the notion of the liminal functions as an effective critical trope to engage with a shifting presence/absence materiality of gayness in these representations.

The symposium on urban popular culture in modern China
by: Min Ma, Jin Jiang, Di Wang, Joseph Esherick, Hanchao Lu. Abstract: The studies of urban popular culture in modern China in recent years have attracted wide attention from scholars in China and abroad. Issues in the studies of urban popular culture in modern China. The microcosm of Chinese cities: The perspective and methodology of studying urban popular culture from the case of teahouses in Chengdu.

Urban Myths: Popular Culture, the City and Identity - By Katie Milestone.

Abstract: This article uses Manchester as a case study to examine some relationships between the city and the popular culture that emerges from this city. The focus is on post-war popular culture that has been widely disseminated in films, television and popular music.

The article considers whether these examples of popular culture reflect wider urban, social change and cultural change and discuss what impact this popular culture has had on changing the landscape and fortunes of the city.

We discuss the case study of Manchester's popular culture in terms of ideas about place-based identities and social class.

We consider popular culture in terms of de-industrialising Manchester through to regenerated Manchester. Concludes by discussing the possibility that the city centre of Manchester has become urban gentrification and considers the impact that this is having on popular culture.

Popular Culture and Demystification: Adorno's Argument in the Context of Russian Popular Culture - Hajiyev, Anna. Abstract: The essay explores the question if popular culture can function as a demythologizing force in society and focuses on the Russian greatness myth.

Law and Popular Culture: Examples from Colombian Slang and Spanish-Language Radio in U.S. - Ernesto Hernandez Lopez. Abstract: This article argues that critical analysis of popular culture themes benefits legal scholarship by providing distinct cross-border perspectives and illuminating popular resistance efforts to hegemonic forces. In these dynamics, there is significant popular resistance and anti-subordination to hegemonic forces. This resistance is visible within popular culture.

Knowledge, ignorance and the popular culture: climate change versus the ozone hole
Sheldon Ungar. The ozone threat encouraged the acquisition of knowledge because it was allied and resonated with easy-to-understand bridging metaphors derived from the popular culture.

Strong plots: The relationship between Popular Culture and Management Practice & Theory - Czarniawska, Barbara. Abstract: Starting with references to previously established connections between high culture and management, we turn to popular culture for the same kind of connection. We suggest that much popular culture is based on established and repeated patterns of emplotment.

Television Popular Culture - There is a need to develop a new critical vocabulary to understand how television and popular culture function culturally. Contemporary media users are widely recognized as literate and cynical, fully aware of the conditions under which they consume media and popular culture. Academic research in the realm of television and popular culture needs to recognize the impressive power of the industry to draw agendas for discussion of media content and use.

Syllabus: Popular Culture - Phil Rutledge Popular culture typically refers to what we do in our leisure time. In this society, much of what we do involves consumption. The study of popular culture requires an examination of the larger social and economic forces that influence our lives, particularly the rise of industrial capitalism and a mass media which is driven by capitalism.

Korean Popular Culture - East Asian Studies 300 Syllabus - Lecturer: Inkyu Kang - Course Description: This course aims to introduce students to Korean popular culture and its roots.

The Journal of Popular Culture - The official publication of the Popular Culture Association. The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world. The Journal of Popular Culture continues to break down the barriers between so-called "low culture" and "high culture" and focuses on filling in the gaps that a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society.

Books On Popular Culture

Globalization and American Popular Culture, 2nd Edition by Lane Crothers. Concludes with a projection of the future impact of American popular culture.

Discourse on popular culture: class, gender and history in the analysis of popular culture.
Shiach, M. - Publisher: Basil Blackwell Ltd. The book examines the history of analyses of popular culture in the UK, from the 18th century to the present day. It highlights the ways in which discussions of popular culture have been structured by considerations of power, class and gender. The nature of popular culture became a crucial issue for theorists. Among the examples discussed are the transformation of discourses on popular culture brought about by the development of broadcasting. It is argued that the cultural and political assumptions underlying the discourses raises issues which should be critically examined in discussions of popular culture.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader by John Storey. Theoretical, analytical and historical introduction to the study of popular culture. For students of the sociology of culture and popular culture.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction by John Storey. Relevant examples from the field of popular culture on how the theory relates to practice.

Fetishes, and Fun: A Sociological Analysis of Pop Culture by Andrew R. Jones. Authors give insight into the nature of popular culture and its social impacts.

Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe by Peter Burke. This study examines the broad sweep of pre-industrial Europe's popular culture.

Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives (The R&L Series in Mass Communication) by Marcel Danesi. Variety of perspectives to help us understand the products of popular culture.

Popular Culture: A Reader by Dr Raiford A Guins and Omayra Zaragoza Cruz. Popular Culture: A Reader. The role of popular culture and the processes that constitute it as a product of industry.

Cultural Theory And Popular Culture: An Introduction by John Storey. A critical survey of competing theories of popular culture.

Popular Culture: An Introductory Text by Jack Nachbar and Kevin Lause. A series of introductions to various categories of popular culture.

Inventing Popular Culture: From Folklore to Globalization (Blackwell Manifestos) by John Storey. The relationship between the concept of popular culture and key issues in cultural analyses such as hegemony, questions of value and consumerism.

An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture by Domini Strinati. A useful textbook for students taking courses in the major theories of popular culture.

Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: Theories and Methods by John Storey. An accessible survey of the latest thought on popular culture.

Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture by Michael F. Petracca and Madeleine Sorapure. Reference work for writers and analysts of popular culture.

Popular Culture: Production and Consumption (Blackwell Readers in Sociology) by Lee Harrington and Denise Bielby.

Religion and Popular Culture in America by Bruce David Forbes and Jeffrey H. Mahan.

Popular Culture in American History (Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History) by Jim Cullen.

Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book (Politics, Media, and Popular Culture) by Michael Asimow and Shannon Mader.


Immigration and American Popular Culture: An Introduction (Nation of Newcomers) by Rachel Rubin and Jeffrey Melnick.

Chicano Popular Culture: Que Hable el Pueblo (The Mexican American Experience) by Charles M. Tatum.

Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (American Crossroads) by Eric Avila.