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Title:
Re-reading popular culture
Author:
Hermes, Joke.
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9781405122443

9781405122450
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Publication Information:
Malden, MA ; Oxford : Blackwell Pub., c2005.
Physical Description:
x, 183 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents:
Ethnicity, football, and the nation -- Negotiating global popular culture -- Conservative feminism and the detective novel -- Masculinity and the merits of textual analysis as part of an audience study -- Critical viewership -- Children and the media -- Popular culture: a modern and a postmodern genealogy.
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Summary

Re-reading Popular Culture is an entertaining investigationof the meanings and value of popular culture today. It explores thetheme of cultural citizenship by combining textual analysis andmedia reception theory to analyze popular culture.
Includes such contemporary issues as the rewriting ofmasculinity after the success of feminism, and the layers ofmeaning in semi-public and private talk of multiculturalism andethnicity
Traces its topics across a variety of media forms and texts,including sports; detective fiction and police series; andchildren?s television and games
Clearly and accessibly written for the student, scholar, andgeneral reader.


Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: popular culture/cultural citizenshipp. 1
The citizenship qualities of popular culture
Freedom and stricture
The politics of self-formation
Defining cultural citizenship in relation to popular culture
Usable stories, fictional rehearsal, and working through
Regarding method
Popular culture as (revolutionary) force
The chapters to follow
1 Ethnicity, football, and the nationp. 21
Dutch football and the Surinamese legion
Ethnography
Fan involvement as citizenship
2 Negotiating global popular culturep. 41
Dutch police series
International crime fiction
Practices of representation and the reader
3 Conservative feminism and the detective novelp. 61
Everyday feminism, the interpretive community, and cultural citizenship
A "good" detective novel and the ideal reader: the ambiguous status of the detective novel
Cultural citizenship and crime fiction reading
4 Masculinity and the merits of textual analysis as part of an audience studyp. 79
On irritation
Masculinity and the text
Methodology and understanding popular culture
5 Critical viewershipp. 96
Post-feminist television
Web journalism and Ally McBeal and Sex and the City
"Jump the Shark"
The "Jump the Shark" response to Ally McBeal and Sex and the City
Conclusion
6 Children and the mediap. 115
Good intentions
Just for fun
Children's cultural citizenship
7 Popular culture: a modern and a postmodern genealogyp. 135
Modernism, popular culture, and gender
Postmodernism and gender in the popular culture project
Toward a new understanding of popular culture
Concluding remarksp. 155
Popular culture and cultural citizenship
Popular culture and civic disengagement
The art of listening to others
Referencesp. 160
Indexp. 172