Notes on reconstructing “the popular”

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Drawing on Stuart Hall’s influential “Notes on deconstructing ‘the popular’” [Hall, S. (1981). In R. Samuel (Eds.), People’s history and socialist theory (pp. 227–240). London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.], this essay maps out some of the major shifts in cultural studies’ relationship to popular culture over the past several decades. It concludes with a call for cultural studies to find ways to work from the terrain of the popular, rather than merely studying that terrain, or trying to “translate” its scholarly analyses for popular audiences. This is a necessary path to fulfilling its mission as a political project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-398
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016

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  • Cultural studies
  • Stuart Hall
  • politics
  • popular culture
  • theory


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