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Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives (Hardback)

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Hardback 342 Pages / Published: 16/04/2015
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Pop culture surrounds us. Its products are the movies we watch, the music we listen to, and the books we read; they are on our televisions, phones, and computers. We are its fickle friend, loving to hate it and hating to love it. But what, exactly, is it? Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives tackles that question by exploring our human desire for meaning and the ways that popular culture embodies meaning. In this core text, Marcel Danesi delves into the social structures that have led to the emergence and spread of pop culture, showing how it validates our common experiences and offering a variety of perspectives on its many modes of delivery into our everyday lives. The third edition features two new chapters: one on the commercial context of pop culture, and another explicitly considering digital culture. New exercises and discussion prompts serve to deepen understanding, while updated examples connect with the current generation of students.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442242166
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 25 mm
Edition: Third Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Marcel Danesi has written an essential book on pop culture, both enlightening and entertaining. The third edition of Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives will be required reading on many a campus this year. And it will prove quite useful whether you take it as part of a course or not. Danesi wastes no time in setting the stage and cutting to the chase: this is serious as well as lively business. * Comics Grinder *
With clear organization and easily understandable content, this third edition does a great job of explaining popular culture. It is an excellent introduction and provides solid context for more specialized study; I would certainly recommend it to anyone teaching a popular culture course, or who addresses the topic in their other courses. -- Janet McMullen, University of North Alabama
An excellent introduction to the ideas, terminologies, and modes of analysis integral to approaching media from a cultural studies perspective. The book is engaging, easy to understand, and within that wonderful range of being challenging but not out of reach. -- Robert Rabe, Marshall University
Articulate, intelligent, and very readable; this straightforward text forms a perfect backbone for any popular culture course. Danesi takes a generous and balanced approach to high, low, and mid cultures and their products and artifacts. Readers will appreciate how he opens the door to discussion of a complex topic. -- Tim Blackmore, University of Western Ontario

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