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Sociology of Media and Culture

Sociology of Media and Culture, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Abel Ugba and Dr Nick Piper;
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1

Arnold, M (1932) Culture and Anarchy, London: CUP – abridged version in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Hemel Hemstead: Prentice Hall, 7-12.  

Leavis, F. R. (1930) Mass Civilization and Minority Culture, Cambridge: Minority Press - abridged version in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Hemel Hemstaed: Prentice Hall, 13-21.  

Stallybrass, P and White, A (1986) The politics and poetics of transgression ISBN: 0801418933; 080149382X (pbk), London: Methuen, Chapter 1, The Fair 27-43.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 2

Althusser, L., 1971. Lenin and Philosophy, NY Monthly Review Press – Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses, pp. 142-177 (abridged version in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Hemel Hemstead: Prentice Hall, pp. 13-21). – couldn’t find this edition online  

Marx, K., 1976. A Critique of Political Economy, Peking: Foreign Languages Press, pp. 3-5; Preface and Introduction (abridged version in John Storey, ed Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Hemel Hemstaed: Prentice Hall, p.193). (Could notcheck reference to book online)  

Adorno, T. W., 1941. On popular music, Studies in Philosophy and Social Science, New York: Institute of Social Research, IX, 17-48.

Hall, S et al (1978) Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order, Basingstoke MacMillan, Preface to the Second edition. x-xvii.  

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Week 3

Barthes, R., 1972. Mythologies (translation by Annette Lavers). London: Paladin. Second part: Myth Today. Plus Margerine.  

Dyer, R., 1997. White ISBN: 0415095379 (pbk); 0415095360 ISBN: 0415095379 (pbk); 0415095360. London: Routledge. pp. 82 – 145: Chapter 3 – The Light of the World 

Mulvey, R., 1975. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Screen. ISSN: 0036-9543, 16 (3), pp. 6–18.  

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Week 4

Biltereyst D and Meers P (2000) The international telenovela debate and the contra-flow argument: A reappraisal. Media, culture & society 22(4): 393–413.

Fuchs C (2010) New imperialism: Information and media imperialism? Global media and communication 6(1): 33–60

Schiller, H. (1991). Not Yet the Post-Imperialist Era. Critical studies in mass communication, 8 (1), 13-28.

Thussu, D.K. (2006) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-FlowLondon: Routledge (Chapters 1,3 and 11)

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Week 5

Bourdieu, P (1986) The Forms of Capital in I Szeman and T Kaposy (eds) Cultural theory : an anthology ISBN: 9781405180825 (pbk.) : £24.99; 9781405180832 (hbk.) : £60.00; 1405180838 (hbk.) : £60.00; 140518082X (pbk.) : £24.99, Oxford: Wiley. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Ruth Holliday and Tracey Potts (2012) Kitsch! : cultural politics and taste ISBN: 9780719066160 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9780719066153 (hbk.) : £70.00; 0719066158 (hbk.) : £70.00; 0719066166 (pbk.) : £16.99, Manchester: MUP – chapter 2 Kitsch Taste 45-81. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Beverley Skeggs and Helen Wood (2012) Reacting to reality television : performance, audience and value ISBN: 9780415693714 (pbk.) : £21.99; 9780415693707 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415693705 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415693713 (pbk.) : £21.99; 9780203144237 (e-book), London Routledge – Chapter 2 Performance and the Value of Personhood, 48-79.  

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Week 6

John Urry (2001) Globalising the Tourist Gaze: Cityscapes Conference Graz.

Massey, D., 1994. Space, place and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Chapter 6 - A Global Sense of Place.   

Peck, J., 2005. Struggling with the creative class. International journal of urban and regional research ISSN: 0309-1317; 1468-242729(4), pp.740-770.

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Week 7

Casanova, José. 2001. Religion, the New Millennium, and Globalization (2000 Presidential Address). Sociology of religion, Vol. 62, No. 4, Special Issue: Religion and Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium (Winter, 2001), pp. 415-441

Herrington, Luke M. 2013. Globalization and Religion in Historical Perspective: A Paradoxical Relationship. Religions ISSN: 2218-7480 2013, 4(1), 145-165 (

Kinnvall, C. 2004. Globalization and Religious Nationalism: Self, Identity, and the Search for Ontological Security. Political psychology, Vol. 25, No. 5.

Obadia, Lionel. 2012. Globalisation and new geographies of religion: new regimes in the movement, circulation, and territoriality of cults and beliefs. International social science journal, Volume 63, Issue209-210.

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Week 8

Marx, K., and Friedrich Engels, 1867. Capital : a critique of political economy. Volume I –Section 4 The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof (multiple publishers).

Miller, D., 1998. A Theory of Shopping. Cambridge: Polity. Chapter 1, Making Love in Supermarkets, pp. 15-72.

McCracken, G., 1986. Culture and Consumption: A Theoretical Account of the Structure and Movement of the Cultural Meaning of Consumer Goods. Journal of consumer research, 13 (1): 71–84,

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Week 9

Angela McRobbie (2008) YOUNG WOMEN AND CONSUMER CULTURE, Cultural studies, 22:5, 531-550

Rosalind Gill (2007) Gender and the Media, Cambridge, Polity, Chapter 1

Bell hooks. ‘Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black female sexuality in Black Looks: Race and Representation, (1992) London: Turnaround

Berger, J (1972) Ways of seeing ISBN: 0140135154 pbk; 0563122447, London, BBC & Penguin

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Week 10

Habermas, J., 1991. The structural transformation of the public sphere : an inquiry into a category of bourgeois society ISBN: 0745610773 (pbk); 0745602746 (trans. Thomas Burger with Frederick Lawrence). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  

Rasmussen T., 2014. Internet and the Political Public Sphere, Sociology Compass ISSN: 1751-9020, 8, 1315–1329. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12228 

Kahn, R., and Kellner, D., 2005. Oppositional Politics and the Internet: A critical/reconstructive approach. Cultural politics. ISSN: 1743-2197; 1751-7435, 1(1), pp. 75–100.  

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Week 11

Bonilla Y., and Rosa, J., 2015. #Ferguson: Digital Protest, Hashtag Ethnography, and the Racial Politics of Social Media in the United States. American Ethnologist ISSN: 0094-0496 42: pp. 4–17.  

Hardt, M. and Negri, A., 2011. The fight for ‘real democracy’at the heart of Occupy Wall Street. Foreign affairs. ISSN: 0015-712011, pp.301-20.  

Mortensen, T. E., 2016. Anger, Fear, and Games The Long Event of #GamerGate. Games and Culture ISSN: 1555-4120: Online First.  

This list was last updated on 02/04/2019