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Description - Inventing Popular Culture by John Storey

Inventing Popular Culture is a lively and accessible history of the idea of popular culture by one of the leading experts in the field. Written from the critical perspective of cultural studies, the book traces the invention and reinvention of the concept of popular culture from the eighteenth-century "discovery" of folk culture to contemporary accounts of the cultural impact of globalization. Inventing Popular Culture argues that the idea of popular culture is an invention of intellectuals. The book does not present an analysis of particular texts and activities which have been, or could be defined as, popular culture; instead it explores the changing intellectual ways of constructing texts and activities as popular culture and how these intellectual discourses articulate questions of culture and power. Examining the relationship between the concept of popular culture and key issues in cultural analyses such as hegemony, postmodernism, identity, questions of value, consumerism, and everyday life, Inventing Popular Culture presents an engaging assessment of one of the most debated concepts of recent times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631234609
ISBN-10: 0631234608
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 162mm x 12mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Storey

John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. His publications include Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: Theories and Methods (1996), What is Cultural Studies: A Reader (1996), Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (second edition, 1998), Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life (1999), and Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (third edition, 2001).

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