Popular Culture and High Culture
An Analysis and Evaluation of Taste 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Herbert J. Gans
Popular Culture and High Culture by Herbert J. Gans
Book DescriptionIs NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?In this new edition of Herbert Gans's brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph.D.'s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent.This new edition benefits greatly from Gans's discussion of the "politicization" of culture over the last quarter-century. Popular Culture and High Culture is a must read for anyone interested in the vicissitudes of taste in American society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465026098
(204mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Herbert J. Gans
Herbert J. Gans, author of Levittowners and The Urban Villagers, is professor of sociology at Columbia University and the former president of the American Sociological Association.
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