Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

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MichaelThomas Carrol, Eddie Tafoya
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2000 - History - 269 pages
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Within popular culture studies, one finds discussions about quantitative sociology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, myth criticism, feminism, and semiotics, but hardly a word on the usefulness of phenomenology, the branch of philosophy concerned with human experience. In spite of this omission, there is a close relationship between the aims of phenomenology and the aims of popular culture studies, for both movements have attempted to redirect academic study toward everyday lived experience.
    The fifteen essays in this volume demonstrate the way in which phenomenological approaches can illuminate popular culture studies, and in so doing they take on the entire range of popular culture.

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Carroll is professor of English at New Mexico Highlands University.

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