Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life

By Shirley A. Fedorak

© 2009

While usually associated with facets of commercial culture, pop culture can and must be analyzed as an important part of material, economic, and political culture. The author begins by defining popular culture, outlining criticisms, and examining the impact of globalization on pop culture. She then explores mass media and popular culture (soap operas, Egyptian melodramas, Afro-Cuban rap music, and virtual communities), artistic expression and popular culture (graffiti art and body art), and gatherings and popular culture (fast food in Japan, equality in sport, and wedding rituals).

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"This text is important for any introductory anthropology course, particularly in conveying to students the relevance of anthropology by engaging with the very aspects of popular culture that are significant in their everyday lives." - Kristin L. Dowell, University of Oklahoma

Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life

By Shirley A. Fedorak

© 2009

While usually associated with facets of commercial culture, pop culture can and must be analyzed as an important part of material, economic, and political culture. The author begins by defining popular culture, outlining criticisms, and examining the impact of globalization on pop culture. She then explores mass media and popular culture (soap operas, Egyptian melodramas, Afro-Cuban rap music, and virtual communities), artistic expression and popular culture (graffiti art and body art), and gatherings and popular culture (fast food in Japan, equality in sport, and wedding rituals).

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.5in x 8.9in
  • Reviews

    A very useful introduction to anthropology and popular culture alike, casting the discipline in terms that respect its rich scholarly heritage without ignoring its power to plumb the details of contemporary popular culture.


    Paul Mullins, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

    This text is important for any introductory anthropology course, particularly in conveying to students the relevance of anthropology by engaging with the very aspects of popular culture that are significant in their everyday lives.


    Kristin L. Dowell, University of Oklahoma

    Suitable as a primary or supplementary introductory text, Pop Culture encourages students to think critically about the ways in which the seemingly mundane aspects of 'the everyday' are both culturally constructed and meaningful to the lived realities of diverse groups of people.


    Karen McGarry, York University
  • Author Information

    Shirley A. Fedorak has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the American College of Cairo. She is the author of a number of textbooks including Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2013), and Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life (2009). She now lives in Penang, Malaysia where she continues to write.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Part I: Introduction to Popular Culture

    1. What is Popular Culture?

    2. The Study of Popular Culture

    Part II: Mass Media and Popular Culture

    3. Television

    4. Music

    5. The Internet and Virtual Communities

    Part III: Artistic Expression and Popular Culture

    6. Folk Art

    7. Body Art and Adornment

    Part IV: Gatherings and Popular Culture

    8. The Symbolic Meaning of Food

    9. Sports

    10. Wedding Rituals

    Conclusion

    Glossary

    Questions for Critical Consideration

    Suggested Readings

    References

    Index

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