Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society by Dustin KiddPop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society by Dustin Kidd

Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society

byDustin Kidd

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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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 to present core topical and timely examples, Kidd highlights the tension between inclusion and individuality that lies beneath mass media and commercial culture, using this tension as a point of entry to an otherwise expansive topic. He systematically considers several dimensions of identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, disability) to provide a broad overview of the field that encompasses classical and contemporary theory, original data, topical and timely examples, and a strong pedagogical focus on methods.

Pop Culture Freaks encourages students to develop further research questions and projects from the material. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses are brought to bear in Kidd's examination of the labor force for cultural production, the representations of identity in cultural objects, and the surprising differences in how various audiences consume and use mass culture in their everyday lives.

Dustin Kiddis an Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University. He has been teaching the Sociology of Popular Culture course for over a decade and his syllabus for the course has been included in the ASA'sSociology of Culture Teaching Guide. His first book,Legislating Creativity, analyzed controversies around government investm...
Title:Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Matrix is Everywhere: An Introduction to the Sociology of Popular Culture

2. The Revolution Will Not be Available on iTunes: Racial Perspectives

3. Movin’ on Up: Class Perspectives

4. Men are from Mars, Women are from Wisteria Lane: Gender Perspectives

5. Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That: Sexuality Perspectives

6. Handi-Capable: Disability Perspectives

7.  Translating Harry Potter: International Perspectives

8. Freaks in the Matrix: A Conclusion and an Invitation

Appendix 1: A Brief History of Printing and Publishing
Appendix 2: A Brief History of the Music Industry
Appendix 3: A Brief History of Film
Appendix 4: A Brief History of Television
Appendix 5: A Brief History of the Internet


Editorial Reviews

"Bold on all fronts, Pop Culture Freaks is an unwincing examination of power in our mass media. Drawing on clear data, well-placed examples, and sophisticated theory, it offers a compelling critique, even for those inclined to draw less damning conclusions. Readers interested in an unapologetic review of the politics of identity in pop culture need look no further." —Lisa Wade, Occidental College "Kidd's narrative style is engaging; the text is written in language that undergraduate students can clearly understand." —Lori Waite, Tennessee Wesleyan College "A welcome relief! In one convenient text, this book clearly addresses the core issues I cover in my course. It integrates both classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout every chapter. The 'methodology moment' boxes in each chapter brilliantly show students how to carry out empirically-based research on various popular culture forms." —Rhonda E. Dugan, California State University-Bakersfield "Provides voluminous examples from popular culture that will both spark student interests and enable them to contextualize course materials to their own livesIt will open up wonderful discussions in the classroom." —Lorna Lueker Zukas, National University