By John Storey
Story's fifth variation of this marketplace best textbook offers an attractive, transparent and coherent creation to cultural thought via renowned culture.Extensively revised, rewritten and up to date to supply higher price and a much broader wisdom base for the scholar more suitable and improved content material all through including:New bankruptcy on ‘Race’, racism and representationNew sections at the Panoptic computing device and Convergence tradition persevered specific hyperlinks to the hot variation spouse reader Cultural concept and pop culture: a reader extra illustrative diagrams and pictures to make sure that concept is delivered to life, allowing students to draw comparisons among idea and perform absolutely revised, greater and up-to-date better half site delivering perform and extension advertise extra figuring out of the examine of cultural thought and pop culture
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In short, culture would remove popular culture. Against such ‘anarchy’, culture recommends the State: ‘We want an authority . . culture suggests the idea of the State’ (96). Two factors make the State necessary. First, the decline of the aristocracy as a centre of authority; second, the rise of democracy. Together they create a terrain favourable to anarchy. The solution is to occupy this terrain with a mixture of culture and coercion. Arnold’s cultured State is to function to control and curtail the social, economic and cultural aspirations of the working class until the middle class is sufficiently cultured to take on this function itself.
The book traces the debate between high and popular culture, with particular, but not exclusive, reference to the Australian experience, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Milner, Andrew, Contemporary Cultural Studies, 2nd edn, London: UCL Press, 1994. A useful introduction to contemporary cultural theory. Mukerji, Chandra and Michael Schudson (eds), Rethinking Popular Culture, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991. A collection of essays, with an informed and interesting introduction.
The result is a nightmare in which the cultural ‘masturbator’ or the ‘addict’ of mass culture is trapped in a cycle of non-fulfilment, moving aimlessly between boredom and distraction: Though the bored person hungers for things to happen to him, the disheartening fact is that when they do he empties them of the very meaning he unconsciously yearns for by using them as distractions. In popular culture even the second coming would become just another ‘barren’ thrill to be watched on television till Milton Berle comes on (535).
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (5th Edition) by John Storey