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  Popular culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Popular culture, or pop culture, (literally: "the culture of the people") consists of the cultural elements that prevail (at least numerically) in any given society, mainly using the more popular media, in that society's vernacular language and/or an established lingua franca.
Historically, commentators on culture defined the term "popular culture" in negative terms as those parts or expressions of culture not accepted into the cultural milieu of the social élite (such as courts, the nobility, patricians or the rich bourgeoisie), nor in an institutionalized context (such as professional theatre, church liturgy, military life).
Some charge that popular culture tends to endorse a limited understanding and experience of life through common, unsophisticated feelings and attitudes and its emphasis on the banal, the superficial, the capricious and the disposable.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Popular_culture   (1574 words)

  
 Category:Popular culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Popular culture, or pop culture is the vernacular (people's) culture that prevails in a modern society.
The content of popular culture is determined in large part by industries that disseminate cultural material, for example the film, television, and publishing industries, as well as the news media.
But popular culture cannot be described as just the aggregate product of those industries; instead, it is the result of a continuing interaction between those industries and the people of the society who consume their products.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Popular_culture   (196 words)

  
 Thomson Nelson - Popular Culture: A User's Guide/Issues In Pop Culture
Popular culture (and here we might substitute the term   “commercial culture”) powerfully reflects these ideologies—both in the dominant messages it conveys and in the economy that produces it.
The problem with pop and politics, then, is not that popular culture shouldn’t be tangled up with politics—it always is, whether we admit it or not—but that where popular culture does tangle openly with politics, it over-simplifies complex realities for the sake of producing snappy sound bites and happy endings.
This shift is evident in the uncanny parallels between two of the most powerful influences on global culture today: Oprah Winfrey, TV star and guru of consumer culture who preaches her own brand of spirituality, and the Dalai Lama, leader of a major world religion who also appears in ads for Apple™ computers.
www.popularculture.nelson.com /issues.html   (7520 words)

  
 Popular Culture
Popular culture is often bold because of those responsible for it.
As popular culture has expanded, it has encouraged and affirmed the participation of ethnic minorities and others whose voices are often suppressed.
Popular culture can be a vehicle for change, a generational and international unifier, a leveler of classes, and a tool for recognizing and understanding even the least among us.
www.gogebic.edu /ptk/index_files/Page343.htm   (1127 words)

  
 The History of Jim Crow
This image functioned as the racial bedrock of American popular culture after 1900, especially manifested in minstrel shows, the vaudeville theatre, songs and music, film and radio, and commercial advertising.
Perhaps, the most popular of all the Jim Crow industries by 1900 was the sheet music field, which made the derogatory word "coon" a part of everyday language.
Most popular were the racist trading or advertisement cards that used the outrageous images of fl people to sell everything from yeast to furniture, pillows, fertilizers, hardware, cigars, breakfast food, and tobacco.
www.jimcrowhistory.org /resources/lessonplans/hs_es_popular_culture.htm   (1752 words)

  
 Protect Popular Culture
Popular culture; television shows, movies, comic books, video games, theatre, jazz - rock - punk - rap - heavy metal - industrial - house music, cartoons, japanimation, role-playing games, pro wrestling, extreme sports, the internet, adult movies and magazines, modern and commercial art, poetry, short stories and novels.
We stand for unrestricted access to popular culture for all citizens, subject only to the controls which individual parents choose for their own children.
These are not just entertainments or diversions, they are our way of life, our culture, and we have every right to demand that our way of life not be interfered with by moralizing crusaders from outside our culture who have no understanding of it.
www.geocities.com /CapitolHill/Embassy/1504   (1057 words)

  
 Popular Culture and Everyday Life
The authors of this book start from a premise that is critical of previous cultural studies, charging them with focusing on the "spectacular" (e.g., pop stars) and interpreting them in a "speculative" fashion that imposes meanings on its subjects, assuming that "everyday cultural objects stand on behalf of, or represent, wider social forces" (p.
Popular culture, as they define it, consists of an intersection between people, markets, and value, and "stands opposed to dominant culture" (pp.
One benefit of this presentation is a degree of insight into the variety of approaches that may be taken in the investigation of popular culture.
acjournal.org /holdings/vol3/Iss2/reviews/review23.html   (694 words)

  
 Language and Popular Culture in Africa - Home Page
Language and Popular Culture in Africa is a web-based project set up by Johannes Fabian and Vincent de Rooij of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
The main aim of LPCA is to document and further the study of expressions of popular language and culture in Africa.
First of all, by making available, in LPCA Text Archives and Archives of Popular Swahili, texts that express and mediate forms of African popular culture, and secondly, by publishing the Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa which publishes studies of African popular texts.
www2.fmg.uva.nl /lpca   (1043 words)

  
 France: Popular Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Finally, the distance between politics and popular culture was also often bridged by the transformation of popular notions of Christianity into the dem-soc ideology.
Caricature was so popular and powerful because it fused political and folkloric images in a ichnographic mode that appealed equally to the literate and the still substantial semiliterate and illiterate sectors of the French population.
The marriage between popular culture and politics permitted a broader and more rapid diffusion of modern ideologies because of the lack of literacy among a substantial percentage of the French population.
cscwww.cats.ohiou.edu /~Chastain/ip/popcultf.htm   (1023 words)

  
 Is Popular Culture Good for You?
He says popular culture is rich and complex, challenging and rewarding the intelligence of its users.
A certain generational savvy about popular culture, in which viewers are active as both critics and participants, has been fortified by the rise of internet culture, making complex narrative structures accessible to larger groups, as opposed to small cliques of superfans.
The popular theater of Shakespeare's day was held in lower esteem by the cultural authorities of the era than television of the 1950s in our own society.
web.mit.edu /comm-forum/forums/popular_culture.htm   (3123 words)

  
 Introduction: Popular Culture in the 20th Century   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is what differentiates modem popular culture from the foIk culture which preceded it, and from which it borrowed many of its forms.
We may not know what entertainment or popular culture is, but we know it when we see it.
Because popular culture charts social change exactly and swiftly, it is commonly held responsible for the changes it reflects, and denounced as the harbinger of social disIocation.
www.madeinatlantis.com /popular_culture   (380 words)

  
 World-Wide Web Resources - Popular Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Manchester Institute for Popular Culture, a research unit set up to promote theoretical and empirical research in the area of contemporary popular culture.
Consortium of Popular Culture Collections in the Midwest, a regional network of libraries which sponsors joint projects to promote pop cultural awareness and enhance local programs, priorities, and strengths.
Doo Wop Preservation League, striving to educate the masses on the popular culture of the fifties and sixties.
www.uky.edu /Subject/popcul.html   (443 words)

  
 AKMA’s Random Thoughts
Popular culture manifestly includes both The da Vinci Code and Left Behind, Bill Oand#8217;Reilly and Jon Stewart, The Simpsons and 50 Cent and Prairie Home Companion and Keith Urban.
For instance, I don’t believe in “popular culture,” at least not as a definable field from which the church is significantly absent.
If the church were a more congenial ecology for learning and critical reflection, the “popular culture” topos might bring to the surface more interesting issues: what shall we say about earnest disciples of Jesus who enjoy listening to songs with persistently misogynistic themes, or how we should negotiate the complications of Christian involvement with technology.
akma.disseminary.org /archives/2006/05/no_popular_cult.html   (1836 words)

  
 Messiah College: Faith & Popular Culture
Grantham, PA The Faith and Popular Culture conference is a forum for discussing a thoughtful, critical, and discerning approach to engaging popular culture.
The opposite approach, one that attempts to shut out the world of popular culture, is equally lacking in respect for the truth, the beauty, and the good that can be found in popular film and music.
Messiah College students are invited to enther the Faith and Popular Culture essay contest by submitting essays based on the theme of the conference by October 28.
www.messiah.edu /offices/student_affairs/pop_culture/conference   (457 words)

  
 Japanese Popular Culture in the Classroom | Japan Digest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Using Japanese popular culture in the classroom can be an effective way to teach authentic Japanese language and culture.
Two forms of Japanese popular culture are manga (the generic term for comics and animation, but used here to mean "graphic novels") and anime (animation).
There are advantages to using popular culture, and many ways to incorporate it into your class.
www.indiana.edu /~japan/digest3.html   (1447 words)

  
 American Studies @ The University of Virginia
The serious, scholarly study of mass or popular culture is a fairly recent phenomenon, although sociologists have long found the materials with which Americans amuse themselves fascinating for what they reflect about the people and the world around them.
The source of this popular music was the mother countries of the new Americans, chiefly England, but during the eighteenth century an increasing amount of this popular music was written in the colonies for colonists.
The study of popular religion includes many of the central concerns of 20th century American life: psychology, self-help, and therapeutic culture; consumerism; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; apocalypticism; pluralism; syncretism; and the interplay of the public and the private.
xroads.virginia.edu /~YP/yppop.html   (7751 words)

  
 The Journal of Popular Culture
The Journal of Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Popular Culture Association.
The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world.
The Journal of Popular Culture is published six times a year and is available in print form in roughly 1400 university libraries worldwide.
www.msu.edu /~tjpc   (198 words)

  
 Popular Culture: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center UC Berkeley
Popular music and movies of the time are featured along with wartime footage, home movies, and original stories from Americans who lived through those momentous years.
Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture.
The reasons are as varied as the patterns and processes: they seek to define themselves and their positions in society, to declare their allegiance to a god or to a cause, to conform to the customs of a group or to shock or entertain.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/PopcultureVid.html   (13384 words)

  
 Popular Culture, Subculture, and Cultural Studies (Yale Research Guide for Mass Media and Popular Culture)
Explanations and examples of "culture jamming." Mark Dery, who popularized the term, defines culture jamming as "media hacking, information warfare, terror-art, and guerrilla semiotics, all in one." Well-known culture jammers include Adbusters,
This guide concentrates on cultural theory: texts by and about cultural theorists and texts on some of the main areas of current study, for example, postmodernism, gender, identity, cyberculture, Black and postcolonial studies.
This site focuses on the critical analysis of popular culture in the United States, including its international impact.
www.library.yale.edu /humanities/media/popularculture.html   (639 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : Studying Popular Music Culture: Livres en anglais: Tim Wall   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is the paradox that lies at the heart of the study of popular music.
Particular emphasis is given to developing skills of research and analysis appropriate to the study of popular music.
This book will be an essential aid to undergraduate students of media and cultural studies and A level media students undertaking specialist studies of popular music.
www.amazon.fr /Studying-Popular-Music-Culture-Wall/dp/0340741805   (352 words)

  
 Popular Culture and Education-Special Issue of Harvard Educational Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Fall 2003 issue of the Harvard Educational Review addresses the connection between popular culture and education, focusing in particular on how this connection resides in the public sphere.
The aim of this issue is to introduce the study of popular culture in education to new audiences, and to challenge the frameworks and approaches to this crucial subject.
With this Special Issue, HER hopes to foster a dialogue among producers, consumers, and researchers of popular culture that will underscore its importance to education.
gseweb.harvard.edu /~hepg/popculture.htm   (428 words)

  
 Popular Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
There is a great deal in popular culture that I have found useful to draw on for this poetic domain.
For the most part they were essays on popular culture, high and low culture, serious and the everyday.
The irony of his life was that, although he was so popular and radiated a warmth and a smooth and mellow voice, that won the hearts of people everywhere, no one really knew him.
members.ozemail.com.au /~ronprice/40Popular_Culture.html   (3913 words)

  
 Democracy and Popular Culture
This conference will be devoted to exploring the current state of popular culture and its relation to democratic life, an issue that has become increasingly contentious not only in the United States but in much of the world.
Developments over the past forty years – the growth of an enormous entertainment and media industry, the embrace of popular culture by mainstream cultural institutions, the dominance of American popular culture abroad, the institutionalization of the academic study of popular culture – might seem to have rendered such questions outdated.
The second session, “Democracy in Culture,” will bring together a group of journalistic critics to discuss how they see the relation between high and popular culture in their own domains today, and what forces for democratization are at work in them.
olincenter.uchicago.edu /2001-2/democculture.html   (582 words)

  
 Portuguese Popular Culture
This cultural center in Sao Paulo hosts multiple theater dance and music shows, as well as cinema and visual arts expositions.
A portal devoted to education and general culture, including literature, history, flora and fauna of Brazil.
Focusing on popular Brazilian music this website has an extensive catalogue of typical music, as well as artist and lyrics information.
www.fas.harvard.edu /~rll/resources/portuguese/pop_culture.html   (2144 words)

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