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Postmodernism and Popular Culture - Angela McRobbie

Postmodernism and Popular Culture

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1994
ISBN: 9780415077125
Number Of Pages: 225

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Cultural studies began as a radical political project, establishing the cultural centrality of everyday life and popular culture. In a postmodern world where old uncertainties are undermined and identities fragmented, the way forward for those working with popular culture has become less clear. In contrast to more pessimistic readings of the possibilities of postmodernity, "Postmodernism and Popular Culture" engages with postmodernity as a space for social change and political transformation.
Ranging widely over cultural theory and popular culture, Angela McRobbie looks at everyday life as an eclectic and invigorating arena for the interplay of different cultures and identities. McRobbie assesses the contribution of key figures in cultural and postcolonial theory--Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak--and surveys the landscape of today's youth and popular culture, from salvation army fashion to the rave scene, from moral panic to teen magazines.
Throughout, Angela McRobbie argues for a commitment to cultural studies as an "undisciplined discipline," reforming and re-inventing itself as circumstances demand, for the importance of ethnography and empirical work, dealing with living voices and spoken language, and for the necessity for feminists to continually ask questions about the meaning of a feminist theory in a postmodern world.

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"brings together thoretical essays on postmodernism and specific analyses of issues in the study of youth culture; the collection includes essays om Susan Sontag and Walter Benjiman, and an interview with Gayatri Spivak. Written over several years, the theoretical essays can be seen as tracing the evolution of debates over the definitions and implications of postmodernism from the 1980s and early 1990s, and are situated within a British cultural and cultural studies milieu.." - "Contemporary Sociology

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Postmodernity and Cultural Studiesp. 11
Postmodernism and Popular Culturep. 13
New Times in Cultural Studiesp. 24
Post-Marxism and Cultural Studiesp. 44
Feminism, Postmodernism and the 'Real Me'p. 61
Key Figures in Cultural Theoryp. 75
The Modernist Style of Susan Sontagp. 77
The Passagenwerk and the Place of Walter Benjamin in Cultural Studiesp. 96
Strategies of Vigilance: an Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivakp. 121
Youth, Media, Postmodernityp. 133
Second-Hand Dresses and the Role of the Ragmarketp. 135
Shut Up and Dance: Youth Culture and Changing Modes of Femininityp. 155
Different, Youthful, Subjectivities: Towards a Cultural Sociology of Youthp. 177
The Moral Panic in the Age of the Postmodern Mass Mediap. 198
Indexp. 220
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ISBN: 9780415077125
ISBN-10: 0415077125
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 30th June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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