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Popular Culture Forms

Adrian Franklin, Karen Bettez Halnon, Chris Rojek, Annette Hill, Peter Beilharz and Andrew Milner

Subject Sociology of Culture and Media » Sociology of Popular Culture

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x


Sociologists have addressed a wide range of topics under the heading of popular culture. In fact, there are far too many to cover adequately in this Encyclopedia. Thus, a decision was made to give at least a sense of this literature by sampling some of the key topics examined by sociologists and offering an indication of the way in which they have been covered. In this entry a variety of forms of popular culture are considered – the beach, hip-hop, jazz, P2P, reality TV, rock ‘n’ roll, science fiction, soap operas, and zoos. Of course, this is a highly selective and, in most cases (two exceptions are the beach and zoos), time-bound list. Thus, many other topics could have been chosen and, of those that have been included, some (reality TV is a good example) could disappear in a short period of time. However, the point of this entry is not to give the reader a full sense of timeless forms of popular culture, but rather to offer a sampling of work in sociology on this topic. – GR “The beach” is a dominant site and form of recreation and tourism – and not merely on the new pleasure peripheries of Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bali, or Australia. The seaside towns of the United States and the UK, for example, have been through a turbulent period of change as they faced new competition, but even they are remarkably resilient, morphing into new lives for fashionable nostalgias ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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