Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781447321583 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447321576 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Social Problems in Popular Culture

R. J. Maratea and Brian Monahan

Social Problems in Popular Culture

R. J. Maratea and Brian Monahan

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781447321583 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447321576 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Popular culture is more than just a broad term for entertainment and frivolous diversions; it is also highly relevant to our understanding of society. This exciting book is the first to offer insights into the important, but often overlooked, relationship between popular culture and social problems.  Drawing on historical and topical examples, the authors apply an innovative theoretical framework to examine how facets of popular culture—from movies and music to toys, games, billboards, bumper stickers, and bracelets—shape how we think about, and respond to, social issues, such as problems of gender, sexuality, and race.

Including student features, evocative case studies, and access to online material, this book will help students explore and understand the essential connection between popular culture and social problems. Deftly combining the fun and irreverence of popular culture with critical scholarly inquiry, this timely book delivers an engaging account of how our interactions with—and consumption of—popular culture matter far more than we may think.
Contents
Introduction;
Understanding Social Problems and Popular Culture;
Blaming Popular Culture for the Existence of Social Problems;
Spreading Problem Claims Through Popular Culture;
Popular Culture and Pushback;
Marketing Social Problems Through Popular Culture;
Conclusion.
Review Quotes
David Altheide, Arizona State University, emeritus
“The best book for social problems if you want to connect with students who are immersed in popular culture.”
Joel Best, University of Delaware
“An original method of classifying the various ways social problems and popular culture intersect. Anyone who reads this book is likely to come away a more thoughtful consumer of all sorts of news and entertainment media.”
Jared Del Rosso, University of Denver
“Offering up-to-the-minute illustrations of cultural trends and accessible explanations of enduring sociological concepts, Maratea and Monahan deftly explore how corporations, politicians, advocates and activists use popular culture to shape the public’s response to social problems.”
Amie Levesque, University of Denver
“A fresh perspective on the construction of social problems, not found in traditional textbooks.  Students from any major will find new and applicable ways of thinking about social problems in our culture and media.”
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