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Popular Culture and High Culture

Herbert J Gans
Popular Culture and High Culture

Popular Culture and High Culture

Herbert J Gans

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One of the world's most respected sociologists updates his classic work on public views of popular & high culture.

- Publisher Is NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?^In this new edition of Herbert Gans's brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph.D.s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent.^This new edition benefits greatly from Gans's discussion of the "politicization" of culture over the last quarter-century. Popular Culture and High Culture is a must read for anyone interested in the vicissitudes of taste in American society.

- Publisher In this brilliantly conceived and clearly argued discussion of the relationship between high and popular culture, Herbert Gans, outspoken advocate of cultural pluralism, questions the universality of high culture standards.

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About "Popular Culture and High Culture"

One of the world's most respected sociologists updates his classic work on public views of popular & high culture.
- Publisher

Is NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?^In this new edition of Herbert Gans's brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph.D.s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent.^This new edition benefits greatly from Gans's discussion of the "politicization" of culture over the last quarter-century. Popular Culture and High Culture is a must read for anyone interested in the vicissitudes of taste in American society.
- Publisher

In this brilliantly conceived and clearly argued discussion of the relationship between high and popular culture, Herbert Gans, outspoken advocate of cultural pluralism, questions the universality of high culture standards.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Herbert J Gans

Herbert Gans is a German-born American sociologist who was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. Active in urban planning and housing at the beginning of his career, he taught planning and sociology at Columbia Teachers College and subsequently at Columbia University. He is best known for his work on American communities, including The Urban Villagers (1962), a study of Boston's West End and The Levittowners (1967). He has focused much of his research on the American middle class.

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  • Catalogue Code 141346
  • Product Code 0465097170
  • EAN 9780465097173
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Media/culture
  • Publisher Basic Books
  • Publication Date Apr 1977
  • Dimensions 203 x 140 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.226kg

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