Dancing in Spite of Myself: Essays on Popular Culture (Hardback)Lawrence Grossberg (author)
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In the course of conducting this exploration into the meaning of "popularity," he investigates the nature of fandom, the social effects of rock music and youth culture, and the possibilities for understanding the history of popular texts and practices. Describing what he calls "the postmodernity of everyday life," Grossberg offers important insights into the relation of pop music to issues of postmodernity and inton the growing power of the new cultural conservatism and its relationship to "the popular." Exploring the limits of existing theories of hegemony in cultural studies, Grossberg reveals the ways in which popular culture is being mobilized in the service of economic and political struggles. In articulating his own critical practice, Grossberg surveys and challenges some of the major assumptions of popular culture studies, including notions of domination and resistance, mainstream and marginality, and authenticity and incorporation.
Dancing in Spite of Myself provides an introduction to contemporary theories of popular culture and a clear statement of relationships among theories of the nature of rock music, postmodernity, and conservative hegemony.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 29 mm
"These essays constitute a distinctive and impressive body of work by a leading cultural studies scholar and theorist. Dancing in Spite of Myself significantly adds to the literature of cultural studies and provides a valuable service in bringing together a rich body of theory and criticism."-Tony Bennett
"These essays represent an original contribution to and sustained reflection on the central debates in critical cultural theory by one of its leading practitiioners and most engaged and distinctive voices."-Stuart Hall
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