An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture Second Edition Dominic Strinati LONDON AND NEW YORK First published by Routledge Second edition. Dominic Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. Read the full-text online edition of An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture ( ). to Theories of Popular Culture. By Dominic Strinati. No cover image.

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Trivia About An Introduction t The inter-disciplinary character of this process, and the intellectual cross-fertilisation it has entailed, have proved useful in establishing this area of study, and in fostering conceptual innovations, empirical research and theoretical disputes.

What is produced is a particular or unique song strunati a recording studio by a group of singers, musicians, engineers, etc.

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It is thus worth considering the work of the English literary and social critic F. In this sense, mass culture theory has the potential to draw anti-democratic conclusions.

Skip to main content. Helena rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Functional and textual artefacts, as Gendron goes on to note, are equally the object of different kinds of consumption.

In contrast to painting ibid.: It has been argued that the concept of mass culture provides a picture of a debased, trivialised, superficial, artificial and standardised culture which saps the strength of folk and high culture, and challenges the intellectual arbitration of cultural taste. This is a problem because the principles or values which underlie this position are either taken for granted or remain unexamined.


However, Adorno might equally take comfort from the way Gendron establishes the extent to which popular music has been standardised and how the music industry can shape its meanings ibid.: This will equip the elite with the information it needs to carry out its mission to reverse the decline produced by mass culture, rather than enlightening the people directly. This suggests there is no problem because they mean the same thing. The standards which Adorno uses to discriminate between cultures are exemplified by his conception of the universal values of classical and avant-garde music.

He saw mass society as involving mass production and standardisation, generating an almost irrepressible shift to a mass culture dominated by the mass media. The third theme concerns the ideological role of popular culture.

The seriousness of high art is destroyed in the speculation about its efficacy; the seriousness of the lower perishes with the civilizational constraints imposed on the rebellious resistance inherent within it as long as social control was not yet total.

An introduction to theories of popular culture

Both mass production industries and mass markets encouraged the spread of mass culture. This argument is clearly similar to those we hear today regarding the postmodern traits of contemporary culture. As Goldthorpe et al.

His is a cultural pessimism in which the future is truly dark, and in which alternatives are being closed off. They therefore accept the world as it is. While recognising this argument, we can still insist that what has been outlined can be found, in whole or in part, in most accounts of mass culture as popular culture. This levelling-down, the apparent potential for greater economic, political and cultural equality, appears also to have worried Leavis.


The boundaries drawn between popular culture and art, or between mass, high and folk culture, are being constantly blurred and changed. John rated it liked it Feb 03, It would be very difficult to understand the study of popular culture without understanding the work of the Frankfurt School.

Among the theories and ideas the book introduces are mass culture, the Frankfurt School and the culture industry, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism. This is a clear and comprehensive guide to the major theories of popular culture, and of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. However implicitly or explicitly they address the problem, these theories provide definitions of popular culture which are more or less consistent with their general conceptual frameworks.

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Internet resource Document Type: Furthermore, as part of this process of democratisation, education means that the capacity to engage more fully in cultural activities—the abilities to read, write, discriminate, demand, know, understand—becomes more accessible, formally at least, to more and more people. Further reading Adorno, T.

The standardised, formulaic and repetitive products of mass culture are the result of the manufacture of cultural commodities by means of routine, specialised, assembly-line types of production.