Drawing on historical and topical examples, the authors apply an innovative theoretical framework to examine how facets of popular culture shape how we think about, and respond to, social issues. Deftly combining the fun of popular culture with a critical scholarly inquiry, this timely book Includes student features, evocative case studies and online material to show how our interactions with popular culture matter more than we think!
R.J. Maratea is Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Seton Hall University. His research focuses on the sociological implications of mass communication, with an emphasis on Internet technology, deviance, social control, and the construction of social reality. Brian Monahan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the author of The Shock of the News (NYU 2010) and several articles exploring how media represent crime and other social problems.
Introduction; Understanding Social Problems and Popular Culture; Blaming Popular Culture for the Existence of Social Problems; Spreading Problem Claims Through Popular Culture; Popular Culture and Pushback; Marketing Social Problems Through Popular Culture; Conclusion.