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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An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture

According to Adorno, with classical or avant-garde music, every detail acquires its musical sense from the totality of the piece, and its place within that totality.

The theories discussed in this book have been chosen for a number of reasons. The concept of mass society has formed one important perspective on the role of mass media and mass culture in modern capitalist societies. They are not discussed as stages in an introspective history of how popular culture has been studied; nor is it the intention of this book to review them like this.

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It is not even a question of striking a balance between different approaches and disciplines, because they are often incompatible: Structuralism has been defined as a theoretical and philosophical domibic relevant to the social sciences as a whole, which stresses the universal, causal character of structures. Folk art grew from below. To sum up the difference: This is linked to their definition of real needs, which raises problems of its own.

The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. We have seen how the critique of the Americanisation thesis argued that popular culture is not homogeneous or standardised but offers diversity and difference, especially when it is reinterpreted and re-evaluated outside its original context. The capitalist mode of production conditions regressive listening. It links up with the critique of the Enlightenment in that rational domination is the domination of the masses in modern capitalist societies.

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Leavis makes this clear in her analysis of the fate of the then modern novel. For Adorno, people want standardized goods and pseudo-individualization, because their leisure inrroduction an escape from work and at the same time is moulded after those psychological attitudes to which their workaday world exclusively habituates them…there is…a pre-established harmony today between production and consumption of popular music.

A critique of mass culture theory Nowadays, it seems, few would openly and willingly subscribe to mass culture theory. It is bound up with the theories of commodity fetishism and the culture industry.

With industrialisation and urbanisation this situation changes. It can therefore oppose mass culture. It offers the semblance not the substance of resolving problems, the false satisfaction of false needs as a substitute for the real solution of real problems. Also, how do authenticity or inauthenticity affect the pleasures music can afford its audience? Udah baca yang versi bahasa indonesia. Dec 12, Ashley rated it it was ok Shelves: Fears about Americanisation in the nineteenth century concerned the effects of democracy and education in a number of areas: During the period after the end theroies the Second World War in Britain, Americanisation had become an aspect of some more general fears and anxieties about the increasing capacity of the young and the working class to participate in the slowly emerging consumer society.

First, it must carry out research to show just how bad things have become, how far the literary standards and reading capacities of the general public have declined and how restricted a role the serious novel and writer have to play in cultural life. Similarly, the difficulties involved in trying to define true needs in ahistorical terms are rarely raised.

Structuralism claims that mental and cultural structures are universal, and that their causal effects give rise to observable social phenomena. It therefore tends to simplify the real world and gloss over its problems.

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Popular culture for the mass culture critics is either folk culture in pre- industrial societies or mass culture in industrial societies. In short, just how extensive and effective is the ideological domination exercised by the culture industry cf.

An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture by Dominic Strinati

But it is difficult to believe that this case will be so long remembered as the old domestic poisoning cultture, product of strinahi stable society where the all-prevailing hypocrisy did at least ensure that crimes as serious as murder should have strong emotions behind them.


Community and morality break down, and individuals become isolated, alienated and anomic, caught up in increasingly financial and contractual social relationships.

Rather, it threatened his notion of Englishness. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Many nineteenth-century cultural critics were concerned about Americanisation because they identified it with mass democratic populism, and thus feared it would allow the masses to run the government and lower cultural standards. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

Nielsen Book Data This is an introductory guide to the main theories of popular culture. Populzr role if any can they play in the era of mass culture? The rise of large-scale and mechanised industrial production, and the growth of massive and densely populated cities, are argued to have destabilised and then eroded the societies and values introduxtion previously held people together.

The conclusions reached by mass culture theory are difficult to substantiate without knowledge of the social positions occupied by consumers of popular culture in the wider society. The debate chlture the Frankfurt School and the other theories discussed in this book, as well as the influence it has had, indicate its continuing significance. Thories may therefore be meeting a very real need. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. There are other ways of understanding the process of Americanisation in Britain, and we shall now look at some of these before proceeding to the general critical conclusions of this chapter.

However, it is not only this development which makes popular culture and its analysis a relevant topic of inquiry.

An introduction to theories of popular culture

They are not necessarily given, or consistently objective and historically constant, but are often indistinct and historically variable. Again, this sheer volume must not be exaggerated. However, Benjamin views these developments in a positive manner. Jose Fernandez rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Elitism can refer to a set of unexamined values which give rise to opinionated judgements about popular culture.

This view is not quite so prevalent as it would have been a few years ago.