Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (5th by John Storey

By John Storey

Story's fifth variation of this marketplace best textbook presents an enticing, transparent and coherent creation to cultural conception via renowned culture.Extensively revised, rewritten and up-to-date to provide larger price and a much broader wisdom base for the coed more desirable and multiplied content material all through including:New bankruptcy on ‘Race’, racism and representationNew sections at the Panoptic laptop and Convergence tradition persevered particular hyperlinks to the recent variation better half reader Cultural conception and pop culture: a reader extra illustrative diagrams and photographs to make sure that idea is dropped at life, allowing students to draw comparisons among idea and perform totally revised, enhanced and up to date significant other site delivering perform and extension advertise extra knowing of the research of cultural concept and pop culture

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Why did Arnold think like this? The answer has a great deal to do with the historical changes witnessed by the nineteenth century. When he recommends culture ‘as the great help out of our present difficulties’ (6), it is these changes he has in mind. The ‘present difficulties’ have a double context. On the one hand, they are the immediate ‘problems’ raised by the granting of the franchise to the male urban working class. On the other, they are recognition of a historical process that had been in play from at least the eighteenth century (the development of industrial capitalism).

What we are presented with is not a historical account, but a literary myth to draw attention to the nature of our supposed loss: ‘the memory of the old order must be the chief incitement towards a new’ (Leavis and Thompson, 1977: 97). But, although the organic community is lost, it is still possible to get access to its values and standards by reading works of great literature. Literature is a treasury embodying all that is to be valued in human experience. Unfortunately, literature as the jewel in the crown of culture, has, like culture, lost its authority.

40). Pupils can be asked to recall their own observations of the kind of people they may have seen visiting ‘shrines’ (51). In the light of the ‘Gresham Law’, what kind of influence do you expect the cinema to have on general taste and mentality? (114). What kind of standards are implied here? What would you judge to be the quality of the ‘literature’ he reads, and the reading he devotes to it? (119). Why do we wince at the mentality that uses this idiom? (121). [After describing the cinema as ‘cheapening, debasing, distorting’]: Develop the discussion of the educational value of cinema as suggested here (144).

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