Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions offers an accessible introduction to the study of popular culture, both historical and contemporary. Beginning from the assumption that cultural systems are dynamic, contradictory, and hard to pin down, Stacy Takacs explores the field through a survey of important questions, addressing:
Definitions: What is popular culture? How has it developed over time? What functions does it serve?
Method: What is a proper object of study? How should we analyze and interpret popular texts and practices?
Influence: How does popular culture relate to social power and control?
Identity and disposition: How do we relate to popular culture? How does it move and connect us?
Environment: How does popular culture shape the ways we think, feel and act in the world?
Illustrated with a wide variety of case studies, covering everything from medieval spectacle to reality TV, sports fandom and Youtube, Interrogating Popular Culture gives students a theoretically rich analytical toolkit for understanding the complex relationship between popular culture, identity and society. Follow Mediating the Message; 25 Halftones, black and white