Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

by Tim Delaney, Tim Madigan

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Overview

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

As the “culture of the people,” popular culture provides a sense of identity that binds individuals to the greater society and unites the masses on ideals of acceptable forms of behavior. Lessons Learned from Popular Culture offers an informative and entertaining look at the social relevance of popular culture. Focusing on a wide range of topics, including film, television, social media, music, radio, cartoons and comics, books, fashion, celebrities, sports, and virtual reality, Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan demonstrate how popular culture, in contrast to folk or high culture, gives individuals an opportunity to impact, modify, or even change prevailing sentiments and norms of behavior. For each topic, they include six engaging and accessible stories that conclude with short life lessons. Whether you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory or Seinfeld, the Beatles or Beyoncé, Charlie Brown or Superman, there’s something for everyone.

Tim Delaney is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego. Tim Madigan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College. Together they have coauthored Sports: Why People Love Them! and The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438461472
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 867 KB

About the Author

Tim Delaney is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Tim Madigan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College. Together they have coauthored Sports: Why People Love Them! and The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Popular Culture 1

Chapter 2 Movies and Popular Culture 11

Chapter 3 Television and Popular Culture 29

Chapter 4 Social Media and Popular Culture 51

Chapter 5 Music and Popular Culture 71

Chapter 6 Radio and Popular Culture 89

Chapter 7 Newspapers, Comics and Cartoons and Popular Culture 111

Chapter 8 Books and Popular Culture 133

Chapter 9 Fads, Fashion, Technology, and Trends and Popular Culture 155

Chapter 10 Celebrities, Comedians, and Other Ambassadors of Popular Culture 183

Chapter 11 Sports and Popular Culture 207

Chapter 12 Virtual Reality and Popular Culture 231

Chapter 13 Parting Thoughts 251

References 255

Index 271

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