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Presents the history of the idea of popular culture. This book traces the invention and reinvention of the concept of popular culture from the eighteenth-century 'discovery' of folk culture to accounts of the cultural impact of globalization. It argues that the idea of popular culture is an invention of intellectuals.
John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. His publications include Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: Theories and Methods (1996), What is Cultural Studies: A Reader (1996), Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (second edition, 1998), Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life (1999), and Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (third edition, 2001).