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Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (5th Edition) [Paperback]

John Storey
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January 9, 2009 1405874090 978-1405874090 5

This extensively revised and updated 5th edition of Storey's market-leading textbook provides an engaging, clear and coherent introduction to cultural theory.  Popular culture is used to critically examine the theories and main approaches of cultural theory, and ensures that the accessible approach of previous editions is retained.  Content has been expanded and widely illustrated throughout, and relevant and appropriate examples from the field of popular culture help to exemplify how theory relates to practice. New chapters include coverage of topics such as race, racism and representation; the text is supported by the fully revised and improved companion website that encourages further independent study and  helps the student to grasp a broad and widely relevant understanding of cultural theory.

This new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate
students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the
sociology of culture, popular culture and other related subjects.



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From the Back Cover

In this fifth edition of his successful Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, John Storey has extensively revised the text throughout. As
before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories
of and various approaches to popular culture.


Retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using
relevant and appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular
culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area.


New to this edition

  • Extensively revised, rewritten and updated
  • Improved and expanded content throughout including:
    New chapter on ‘Race’, racism and representation
    New sections on The Panoptic Machine and Convergence Culture
  • Continued explicit links to the new edition companion reader Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader
  • More illustrative diagrams and images
  • Fully revised, improved and updated companion website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/storey  providing practice questions and extension activities, as well as annotated links to relevant sites on the web and further reading, and a glossary of key terms, to promote further understanding of the study of cultural theory and popular culture



The new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate
students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the
sociology of culture, popular culture and other related subjects.

 

John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely in cultural studies, including seven books. The most recent book is The Articulation of Memory and Desire (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2007). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. He has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Henan, Vienna and Wuhan.




Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405874090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405874090
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. He has published extensively in cultural studies, including nine books. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian, and he has been invited to give more than thirty keynote addresses in countries around the world. He is also on the editorial/advisory boards of journals in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, the UK, and USA, and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, the University of Henan and the University of Wuhan.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of cultural concepts February 12, 2012
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John Storey's Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (5th Edition) provides a well-rounded academic introduction to the concept of culture and the advent of "popular culture". Rather than seeking to examine unique facets of popular culture, Storey instead enters into the debate as to who should establish culture and the philosophical rationale for separating various forms of culture. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture is broken down into ten chapters:

1. What is popular culture?
2. The `culture and civilization' tradition
3. Culturalism
4. Marxisms
5. Psychoanalysis
6. Structuralism and post-structuralism
7. Gender and sexuality
8. `Race', racism and representations
9. Postmodernism
10. The politics of the popular

The book also looks at how culture is established and reality and the various models (such as educational "filtering") that are proposed as a means of ensuring that culture is controlled (in other words, Storey looks at the various efforts and theories which have been proposed as mechanism for conveying certain types of culture). After setting a foundation of understanding for how culture is established and controlled, Storey highlights the various models which are used to analyze culture.

I used this book as part of my sociology coursework in pop culture. I found the chapters on various models of analyzing culture to be the most useful. I will say that at times the reading can be somewhat dense and difficult to grasp during the first pass, but I found it to be more a function of the material rather than Storey's style of presentation. Overall, Storey presents a concise, approachable overview of culture. I would recommend this as a textbook for coursework on culture if used in conjunction with other readings that explore the nuances of popular culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, but with a severe left-lean December 18, 2011
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Storey gives a very interesting look at the developments in cultural theory regarding popular culture over the past century, from early movements like Leavisism through to modern Marxist and post-Marxist, feminist, and other postmodernist theories. This book is very helpful for its application of cultural theory and sociological concepts to popular culture and for the numerous references to excellent books for further reading on each subject encountered. I was somewhat disappointed, however, with its assumption of radical left politics as standard. I'm well aware of a left slant among cultural and sociological academics and I'm fine with authors with biases (purely natural, of course), but the assumption that all readers share these same biases is a bit irritating. It would have been interesting to see Matthew Arnold given a more thorough and fair treatment, and to see those who have followed in his footsteps today mentioned at all.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book ever. March 11, 2011
By Andy
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I am two chapters into this book and I have only the slightest idea of what is going on. The way this book is written is very choppy with almost every sentence interrupted by an in-text reference, making it that much harder to grasp the material. I understand that this is a textbook, but I've read a lot of textbooks and this one just fails on so many levels. Sure the information could be there, somewhere, but after two chapters I can honestly say that I don't care if I have to read through this book to find it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bible for Culture Studies! October 9, 2011
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This is an amazing little book!! Anything you want to know or need to know or need clarification, this little book can help with. I use it all the time because not only is it the wiki of culture studies, but reliable, but the suggested readings lists in it are great. I cannot recommend this book enough for those going into anything having to do with theory.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate this book February 9, 2013
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This book is terrible and I hate it. Way too hard to read. Refrain from purchasing and reading. I'd much rather run into a cement wall head first instead of reading this.
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