What should be included under the purview of popular culture?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are so many things that could be included in this general topic.  A few of them would include:

  • Popular music
  • Movies
  • Television
  • Literature

Of course, in all cases, these would focus on popular genres.  In other words, it would focus on blockbuster movies rather than on arthouse movies.  It would focus on best seller books, not on the books that are necessarily top picks among critics.

Outside of this, we would also need to look at various kinds of popular culture.  In the US, that might include:

  • African American popular culture
  • Hispanic popular culture
  • Asian popular culture

Of course, these would need to be sensitive to the idea that there can be many different types of popular culture within these larger genres.

Finally, I think that it would be important to look at the differences between youth and adult popular culture and between male and female popular culture.

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