Deconstructing Popular Culture
By (author) Paul Bowman
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Deconstructing Popular Culture by Paul Bowman
Book DescriptionPopular culture permeates every aspect of our lives: from the music we listen to, the films and television shows we watch and the books we read. But who decides what counts as popular culture? Why is it so important? And how do we go about studying it? This book provides a comprehensive introduction to popular culture and examines the problems and possibilities of studying this fast changing field. Employing a unique approach, Bowman uses techniques of deconstruction to unpick, analyse and deconstruct contemporary examples of popular culture. The book looks at music, Hollywood film and the self-help movement to question claims behind the importance of popular culture and encourage readers to form their own interpretations of the culture they experience every day. With theory interwoven throughout, but in a way that is barely noticeable to the reader, the book provides covers the important theoretical work in the field, whilst directing the reader through ways to avoid common pitfalls in studying theory. An innovative user guide and glossary explain essential terms and ideas, making difficult concepts relevant, accessible and interesting. This witty, thought-provoking book provides a clear, novel introduction to popular culture for all students of cultural studies, media studies and sociology
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780230545366
(234mm x 157mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Paul Bowman
PAUL BOWMAN is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. His previous books include Interrogating Cultural Studies, Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies and The Truth of Zizek.
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