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Pleasure and Restraint in Popular Culture free pdf Has the unifying power of mass forms of popular culture been undermined by the cultural pluralism of a globalised world? This book suggests not, because at the heart of some key areas of popular culture is a simple celebration of our condition as members of human society. This offers opportunities for a widely shared experience of containment, of having the anxieties of existence tempered by the fact of belonging. And globalisation brings greater reach for the containing forms of contemporary popular culture, which appeal across the deep divides of faith, ethnicity, class and gender. In a series of case studies, the book explores the emotional underpinnings of three major pillars of popular culture, in consumption, sport, and music. Its core idea is that the pleasures of popular culture are at their strongest and best when they confirm our sense of belonging in the containing matrix of the social. Despite the constraint and disappointment inevitably involved in subjection to a social order, the reconciliation with authority which it brings is vital for the containment of the anxieties with which we all struggle. Popular culture is both libidinal and rule-bound- in psychoanalytic language, it brings pleasure in the context of an encounter with the 'loving and beloved superego' (Schafer).

About Barry Richards

Professor Barry Richards is in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Prior to moving to Bournemouth in 2001, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Human Relations at the University of East London. His books include 'Images of Freud: Cultural Responses to Psychoanalysis', 'Disciplines of Delight: The Psychoanalysis of Popular Culture', 'The Dynamics of Advertising' (with I. MacRury

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Author : Barry Richards
Publisher : Karnac Books
Data Published : 31 January 2016
ISBN : 1782413391
EAN : 9781782413394
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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