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. In den angloamerikanischen Einführungsbänden älteren Datums, die offenkundig Erfolg (zumindest hohe Auflagenzahlen) haben, dominiert auch noch die politisch-theoretische Ausrichtung der Cultural Studies. Der Reader »Cultural Theory and Popular Culture« (bereits zum vierten Mal aufgelegt) versammelt Textauszüge von Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Theodor W. Adorno (Barnes & Noble schreibt auf seiner Internetseite bei der Buchvorstellung vielsagend »Adornon«), Louis Althusser, Stuart Hall, Judith Butler etc. Nicht allein wegen der abnehmenden Begeisterung für die

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Populärkultur – Popular Culture Terminologische und disziplinäre Überlegungen Thomas Kühn ›Populärkultur‹ als Begriff wurde in seiner Geschichte ebenso wie der Begriff ›Kultur‹ immer über Kontrastbegriffe definiert (vgl. Lentz 2013: 125). Stets schwingt das mit, was Populärkultur nicht ist. John Storey zufolge ist dieses An- dere konstitutiv für Populärkultur: »Welches Andere zur Populärkultur wir auch in Anschlag bringen mögen – Massenkultur, Hochkultur, die Kultur der Arbei- terklasse, Volkskultur usw. –, es wird sich auf die Definition von Populärkultur

Chapter 1 Approaching the Boogie Down: The Bronx, Popular Culture, and the Poetic Resurrection Compared to the abundance of academic literature on New York City, there are relatively few scholarly treatments of The Bronx. Searching for publi- cations on The Bronx in library catalogues, digital databases, and online book stores, one will discover historic accounts (most notably by Lloyd Ultan) and many personal autobiographical narratives (Alda; Brady Hill and Butler Munch; Estrada; Hand; Jones; Manon; Mariani and Mariani; Naison, White Boy; Naison and Gumbs

Chapter 4 Creating a New Popular Culture: Re-Imagining the American Dream in Hip-Hop Hip-hop culture is one of the main forms of representations connected to the shrinking Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s. African American studies scholar Tri- cia Rose explains in her pioneering study Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Cul- ture in Contemporary America (1994): “Hip hop is a cultural form that attempts to negotiate the experience of marginalization, brutally truncated opportu- nity, and oppression within the cultural imperatives of African-American and Caribbean history

The Reenactment of Popular Culture Constructing Meaning and Affect in Cosplay NICOLLE LAMERICHS INTRODUCTION This study examines the social and aesthetic aspects of fan costumes, and how they are situated online and especially offline. Fan costumes have a long history and its predecessors include Indian hobbyism (Kalshoven 2012), drag (Senelick 2000; Butler 1990), gothic subcultures (Spooner 2004) and passion play. In this contribution, I focus on »cosplay«: a fan practice of reenacting existing fictional characters. Cosplay is a form of im

CULTURAL STUDIES AND POPULAR CULTURE: STRUGGLING W ITH A PROBLEM CHILD In this chapter, I set out to explore the notion of popular culture in or- der to establish what particular understanding of popular culture un- derpins my own study. I shall concentrate on some problematic issues that have complicated the acceptance of popular culture as a worthy field of research and also, how cultural studies as an interdisciplinary project struggled to integrate the study of popular culture into its agenda of political interventionism. Secondly, I will discuss the most

Representations of Caribbean Food in U.S. Popular Culture FABIO PARASECOLI The Western imagination has historically perceived the Caribbean as a contested space of escape, fantasy, exploitation, as well as race and class contamination. As the presence of the United States in the region was closely associated with sugarcane and fruit production, it was inevitable that food and eating played an important role in the way Americans have represented and experienced the Car- ibbean. However, at times the Caribbean is too close for comfort for its

Popular Culture, ‘Resistance,’ ‘Cultural Radicalism,’ and ‘Self-Formation’ Comments on the Development of a Theory Kaspar Maase 1. preliminary Comments This article follows up on the debate over the resistance potential of popular culture. The first part traces the historical constellation of ideas in which the question arose and remains to this day. The second part attempts to systematize different dimensions of ‘resistance.’ The third part examines the development and criticism of this approach in the field of Cultural Studies. This leads to the fourth

2. Myth: Its Functions, Structure, and Workings in Society and (Contemporary Popular) Culture 2.1 FUNCTIONS OF MYTH Before I start expounding the theories of myth that will serve as a basis for this thesis, it is important to state that my understanding of myth is a broad one, incorporating the theories of several theoreticians of myth. Although the main focus of this thesis will be on two stories, Star Wars and Harry Potter, and the strictest interpretations of the concept ‘myth’ see it as a narrative of origins,1 myth can also be