Sociology of Popular Culture

Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society

Dustin Kidd

First Edition • February 14, 2017 • 288 pages

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Dustin Kidd presents a cultural study of social media, focusing on issues of identity and inequality.

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Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History

Rodger Streitmatter

Fourth Edition • July 28, 2015 • 320 pages

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In this engaging examination of the news media’s influence on US history and politics, Rodger Streitmatter visits sixteen landmark episodes, from the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement to the present-day Barack Obama administration. In each of these case studies, Streitmatter illustrates the enormous role that journalism has played…

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Social Movements and New Technology

Victoria Carty

First Edition • February 10, 2015 • 224 pages

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Click here to read an excerpt from Social Movements and New Technology by Victoria Carty The emergence of new information communication technologies—such as the Internet and social media networking sites and platforms—has strongly affected social movement activism. In this compelling and timely book, Victoria Carty examines these movements and their…

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Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society

Dustin Kidd

First Edition • March 4, 2014 • 288 pages

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Love it or hate it, popular culture permeates every aspect of contemporary society. In this accessibly written introduction to the sociology of popular culture, Dustin Kidd provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet. Utilizing each chapter…

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Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is Not the Answer

Karen Sternheimer

Second Edition • March 12, 2013 • 320 pages

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Is violence on the streets caused by violence in video games? Does cyber-bullying lead to an increase in suicide rates? Are teens promiscuous because of Teen Mom? As Karen Sternheimer clearly demonstrates, popular culture is an easy scapegoat for many of society’s problems, but it is almost always the wrong…

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Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular Culture

Edited by Shirley R. Steinberg; Joe L. Kincheloe

First Edition • February 10, 2009 • pages

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For more than two thousand years Christian expansion and proselytizing was couched in terms of “defending the faith.” Until recently in the United States, much of that defense came in the form of reactions against the “liberal” influences channeled through big-corporate media such as popular music, Hollywood movies, and network…

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Dress Codes: Meanings and Messages in American Culture

Ruth Rubinstein

Second Edition • March 1, 2001 • 384 pages

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Rich with illustrations, this revised and updated second edition of Dress Codes systematically analyzes the meaning and relevance of clothing in American culture. Presented here is an up-to-date analysis of images of power and authority, gender, seduction (the sexy look, the alluring look, the glamorous look, the vulnerable look), wealth…

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More Than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment

Miguel Valenti

First Edition • October 1, 2000 • 304 pages

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In More Than a Movie, producer and entertainment attorney F. Miguel Valenti presents a compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products, from movies to TV to the Internet. Valenti refrains from attacking the industries in which he himself works, but argues for reflection on…

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Families, History and Social Change: Life Course and Cross-cultural Perspectives

Tamara K Hareven; Barbara Trepagnier

First Edition • December 1, 1999 • 408 pages

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One of the prevailing myths about the American family is that there once existed a harmonious family with three generations living together, and that this ideal family broke down under the impact of urbanization and industrialization. The essays in Families, History, and Social Change challenge this myth and provide dramatic…

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Unlikely Couples: Movie Romance as Social Criticism

Thomas E. Wartenberg

First Edition • July 1, 1999 • 280 pages

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In Unlikely Couples, Thomas E. Wartenberg directly challenges the view that narrative cinema inherently supports the dominant social interests by examining the way popular films about unlikely couples (a mismatched romantic union viewed as inappropriate due to its class, racial, or gender composition) explore, expose, and criticize societal attitudes, boundaries,…

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