- Raiford Guins - Indiana University, USA, Stony Brook University, USA
- Omayra Zaragoza Cruz - Freelance writer, Los Angeles, California
Popular Culture: A Reader helps students understand the pervasive role of popular culture and the processes that constitute it as a product of industry, an intellectual object of inquiry, and an integral component of all our lives.
The volume is divided into 7 thematic sections, and each section is preceded by an introduction which engages with, and critiques, the chapters that follow. The book contains classic writings from all the 'big names;' plenty of contemporary cultural references that will appeal to students, including skateboarding, hip hop, fashion (Tommy Hilfiger, vintage) websites, Star Trek, Disney, etc; material organized in a skills-focused and learning-focused way; strong pedagogic features throughout, making this an excellent classroom text; pieces drawing on diverse national, disciplinary and subdisciplinary contexts; and sensitivity to issues of gender, race and sexuality.
The selection of essays here is outstanding. The Reader is particularly strong in bridging between founding figures and cutting edge work by newer writers.
This is an especially comprehensive collection. It includes a wide range of essential readings and organizes them in a skill-focused and learning-focused way. The result is a lively, original and useful Reader.
An extraordinarily well considered selection of articles and essays, arranged with skill and style.
This is an excellent and comprehensive text dealing with major issues and trends pertaining to Pop Culture. I recommend this text for a course dealing with a comprehensive analysis or survey of PC. I would also recommend the text for graduate courses in the same vein.
Excellent for any student or module focusing on pop culture. Good detail and interesting content.
I used a different book for this class: American Popular Music by Starr & Waterman. The reader is very good though.