Come on Down?: Popular Media Culture in Post-War Britain

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Dominic Strinati, Stephen Wagg
Routledge, Feb 24, 2004 - Social Science - 408 pages
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Come on Down represents an introduction to popular media culture in Britain since 1945. It discusses the ways in which popular culture can be studied, understood and appreciated, and covers its key analytical issues and some of its most important forms and processes. The contributors analyse some of popular culture's leading and most representative expressions such as TV soaps, quizzes and game shows, TV for children, media treatment of the monarchy, Pop Music, Comedy, Advertising, Consumerism and Americanization. The diversity of both subject matter and argument is the most distinctive feature of the collection, making it a much-needed and extremely accessible, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of popular media culture. The contributors, many of them leading figures in their respective areas of study, represent a number of different approaches which themselves reflect the diversity and promise of contemporary theoretical debates. Their studies encompass issues such as the economics of popular culture, its textual complexity and its interpretations by audiences, as well as concepts such as ideology, material culture and postmodernism.
 

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Contents

Come on down?popular culture today
1
Leisure popular culture and consumer capitalism
9
Americanization and popular culture in Britain
46
Enterprise meets domesticity in the practical womens magazines of the 1980s
82
Representations of the working class 18901990
116
5 British soaps in the 1980s
133
Media popular culture and the politics of childhood
150
Television quiz and game shows and popular culture
179
The fall and rise of integrated advertising
202
Television police series and the fictional representation of law and order
232
The politics of British satirical comedy from Beyond the Fringe to Spitting Image
254
Popular cultural representation nationhood and the British monarchy
285
The authoritative response to popular music
302
An excavation in seven parts
325
Index
378
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Strinati is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester.

Wagg is Senior Lecturer at Roehampton Institute, London.

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