This new edition of Popular Music and Society
revised and updated, continues to pioneer an approach to the study
of popular music that is informed by wider debates in sociology and
media and cultural studies. Astute and accessible, it continues to
set the agenda for research and teaching in this area.
The textbook begins by examining the ways in which popular music
is produced, before moving on to explore its structure as text and
the ways in which audiences understand and use music. Packed with
examples and data on the contemporary production and consumption of
popular music, the book also includes overviews and critiques of
theoretical approaches to this exciting area of study and outlines
the most important empirical studies which have shaped the
Topics covered include:
• The contemporary organisation of the music industry;
• The effects of technological change on production;
• The history and politics of popular music;
• Gender, sexuality and ethnicity;
• Fans and music celebrities.
For this new edition, two whole new chapters have been added: on
performance and the body, and on the very latest ways of thinking
about audiences and the spaces and places of music consumption.
This second edition of Popular Music and Society will
continue to be required reading for students of the sociology of
culture, media and communication studies, and popular culture.