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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Theory in Popular Culture

ISBN 9780230284982
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Social theory can sometimes seem as though it's speaking of a world that existed long ago, so why should we continue to study and discuss the theories of these dead white men? Can their work still inform us about the way we live today? Are they still relevant to our consumer-focused, celebrity-crazy, tattoo-friendly world?

This book explains how the ideas of classical sociological theory can be understood, and applied to, everyday activities like listening to hip-hop, reading fashion magazines or watching reality TV. Taking the reader through central sociological texts, Social Theory In Popular Culture explains why key theorists – from Marx to Saussure – are still considered to be the bedrock of sociology and sociological enquiry. Each chapter examines a different key thinker and applies their work to a recognisable aspect of popular cultural, showing how the central issues underpinning classic social thought - class, conflict, gender, power, ethnicity, and social status - can still be readily observed within the modern global world.

Encouraging the reader to critique and reflect upon the ways in which classic social theory applies to their own worlds, this is the perfect antidote to dry social theory explanations. It is an eye-opening read for all students and scholars across the social sciences.

LEE BARRON is a Senior Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University. His main research interests are cultural theory, media and popular culture, and he has written extensively on issues of popular culture.

Marx and Music
Weber and Film
Durkheim and Celebrity
Simmel and Pop Fashion
Adorno and Reality Television
Feminism and Sport
Semiotics and Tattooing
Neoliberalism and Literature
Conclusion: Thinking, Watching, Listening and Reading Sociologically


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