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A Companion to Popular Culture

Gary Burns (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-19205-7 May 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 608 Pages


A Companion to Popular Culture is a landmark survey of contemporary research in popular culture studies that offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the field.

  • Includes over two dozen essays covering the spectrum of popular culture studies from food to folklore and from TV to technology
  • Features contributions from established and up-and-coming scholars from a range of disciplines
  • Offers a detailed history of the study of popular culture
  • Balances new perspectives on the politics of culture with in-depth analysis of topics at the forefront of popular culture studies

Notes on Contributors viii

Part I Introduction 1

1 Introduction 3
Gary Burns

Part II Popular Culture as a Field of Study 11

2 The Historical Study of Popular Culture 13
George Lipsitz

3 Textual Criticism of Popular Culture 31
Brendan Riley

4 Ethnographic and Folkloristic Study of Popular Culture 48
Daniel S. Margolies

5 Preservation, Restoration, and Accessibility of Popular Culture Materials 63
Karen E. Whedbee

Part III Texts, Genres, and Formulas 83

6 The History and Logic of Genre Study 85
Tricia Jenkins

7 Genres and Formulas in Popular Literature 101
Gary Hoppenstand

8 Popular Music Genres 123
Marco Katz Montiel

9 Popular Genres in the Visual Arts 144
Joy Sperling

Part IV Media and Technologies 165

10 Technological Determinism 167
Rob Drew

11 Material Culture and Heritage 184
Marilyn Motz

12 Film and Television in Popular Culture 204
Chuck Berg and Ron Wilson

13 Computers and Culture 223
Paul Booth

Part V Pastimes and Practices 243

14 Food and Culture 245
Ann Hetzel Gunkel

15 Sports 265
Thomas P. Oates

16 Circuses, Carnivals, World’s Fairs and Expositions, and Theme Parks 284
Kathy Merlock Jackson

17 Humor in Popular Culture 302
Ben Urish

18 Tourism, Travel, and Transportation 322
Max J. Skidmore

Part VI Uses and Abuses 341

19 Advertising and Consumerism 343
Devon Powers

20 Fashion in Popular Culture 361
Patricia A. Cunningham

21 Popular Religion 381
Nancy A. Schaefer

22 Children’s Popular Culture 401
Angela Sorby

23 Sex and Violence 421
Jane Caputi

Part VII Politics of Culture 441

24 The Culture Industries 443
Thomas A. Discenna

25 Globalization 461
Mel van Elteren

26 The Politics of Documentary 484
Jeffrey Chown

27 Culture Jamming and Media Activism 503
Amber Day

28 Who Owns Culture? 518
Heather McIntosh

29 Culture Wars, the Academy, and Future Directions for the Study of Popular Culture 537
Michael T. Marsden

Index 550