Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

Contents

Preface/Acknowledgements ix
Publisher’s acknowledgements xiii
1 What is popular culture? 1
Culture 1
Ideology 2
Popular culture 5
Popular culture as other 13
Further reading 14
2 The ‘culture and civilization’ tradition 17
Matthew Arnold 18
Leavisism 22
Mass culture in America: the post-war debate 28
The culture of other people 33
Further reading 35
3 Culturalism 37
Richard Hoggart: The Uses of Literacy 38
Raymond Williams: ‘The analysis of culture’ 44
E.P. Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class 49
Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel: The Popular Arts 51
The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies 57
Further reading 58
4 Marxisms 59
Classical Marxism 59
The Frankfurt School 62
Althusserianism 70
Hegemony 79
Post-Marxism and cultural studies 82
Further reading 88
5 Psychoanalysis 91
Freudian psychoanalysis 91
Lacanian psychoanalysis 101
Cine-psychoanalysis 104
Slavoj Zizek and Lacanian fantasy 107
Further reading 109
6 Structuralism and post-structuralism 111
Ferdinand de Saussure 111
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Will Wright and the American Western 114
Roland Barthes: Mythologies 118
Post-structuralism 126
Jacques Derrida 126
Discourse and power: Michel Foucault 128
The panoptic machine 131
Further reading 133
7 Gender and sexuality 135
Feminisms 135
Women at the cinema 136
Reading romance 140
Watching Dallas 147
Reading women’s magazines 153
Men’s studies and masculinities 159
Queer theory 160
Further reading 164
8 ‘Race’, racism and representation 167
‘Race’ and racism 167
The ideology of racism: its historical emergence 168
Orientalism 171
Anti-racism and cultural studies 179
Further reading 180
9 Postmodernism 181
The postmodern condition 181
Postmodernism in the 1960s 182
Jean-François Lyotard 184
Jean Baudrillard 186
Fredric Jameson 191
Postmodern pop music 197
Postmodern television 198
Postmodernism and the pluralism of value 201
The global postmodern 203
Convergence culture 210
Afterword 211
Further reading 211
10 The politics of the popular 213
A paradigm crisis in cultural studies? 213
The cultural field 216
The economic field 226
Post-Marxist cultural studies: hegemony revisited 232
The ideology of mass culture 234
Further reading 235
Notes 237
Bibliography 241
Index 25

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I started teaching in 2004 after I got my BA degree in English from Kenitra. These days I am pursuing a Master’s degree in English too in the same university. I am interested in implementing ICT in learning and bringing the best to my students, whom I do love and consider as my kids.

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