Adorno on Popular Culture

Robert W. Witkin unpacks Adorno's notoriously difficult critique of popular culture in an accessible style, looking first at the overarching theories of authority, commodification and the negative, then focusing on specific aspects of ...

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Author: Robert Winston Witkin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415268257

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Robert W. Witkin unpacks Adorno's notoriously difficult critique of popular culture in an accessible style, looking first at the overarching theories of authority, commodification and the negative, then focusing on specific aspects of popular culture.

The Culture Industry Revisited

Here, Deborah Cook critically examines this view and argues that even in Adorno's "pessimistic" theory, mass culture can be understood as potentially liberating.

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Author: Deborah Cook

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0847681556

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

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Adorno viewed mass culture as commodified - produced to be sold on the market and without aesthetic value. Here, Deborah Cook critically examines this view and argues that even in Adorno's "pessimistic" theory, mass culture can be understood as potentially liberating.

Roll Over Adorno

Robert Miklitsch is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at Ohio University. He is the author of From Hegel to Madonna: Towards a General Economy of “Commodity Fetishism,” also published by SUNY Press.

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Author: Robert Miklitsch

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791481875

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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Moves from Beethoven to Buffy to examine the blurred nexus of elite and popular culture in the twenty-first century.

The Culture Industry

In today's world, where even the least cynical of consumers is aware of the influence of the media, Adorno's work takes on a more immediate significance. The Culture Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass culture.

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Author: Theodor W Adorno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134522668

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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The creation of the Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most exciting and challenging writings of the twentieth century. It is out of this background that the great critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering the reader unparalleled insights into Adorno's thoughts on culture. He argued that the culture industry commodified and standardized all art. In turn this suffocated individuality and destroyed critical thinking. At the time, Adorno was accused of everything from overreaction to deranged hysteria by his many detractors. In today's world, where even the least cynical of consumers is aware of the influence of the media, Adorno's work takes on a more immediate significance. The Culture Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass culture.

The Culture Industry

The Culture Industry is an unrivaled indictment of the banality of mass culture."--Jacket.

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Author: Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415253802

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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The Culture Industry is an unrivaled indictment of the banality of mass culture."--Jacket.

Adorno Modernism and Mass Culture

In examining the work of Theodor Adorno, this collection of essays focuses on the German philosopher's ideas in the field of musicology.

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Author: Max Paddison

Publisher: Kahn & Averill Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114335495

Category: Music

Page: 150

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In examining the work of Theodor Adorno, this collection of essays focuses on the German philosopher's ideas in the field of musicology. Though it addresses complex theories, this inquiry maintains a lucid style, describing the nuances of Adorno's thought while not relying on a great deal of prior knowledge to shed light on his contributions to music theory. Included is a discussion of the applicability of Adorno's ideas to popular music and an assessment of Adorno's continuing relevance in light of other commentaries.

Social Theory in Popular Culture

This book explains how the ideas of classical sociological theory can be understood, and applied to, everyday activities like listening to hip-hop, reading fashion magazines or watching reality TV. Taking the reader through central ...

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Author: Lee Barron

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137303899

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Social theory can sometimes seem as though it's speaking of a world that existed long ago, so why should we continue to study and discuss the theories of these dead white men? Can their work still inform us about the way we live today? Are they still relevant to our consumer-focused, celebrity-crazy, tattoo-friendly world? This book explains how the ideas of classical sociological theory can be understood, and applied to, everyday activities like listening to hip-hop, reading fashion magazines or watching reality TV. Taking the reader through central sociological texts, Social Theory In Popular Culture explains why key theorists – from Marx to Saussure – are still considered to be the bedrock of sociology and sociological enquiry. Each chapter examines a different key thinker and applies their work to a recognisable aspect of popular cultural, showing how the central issues underpinning classic social thought - class, conflict, gender, power, ethnicity, and social status - can still be readily observed within the modern global world. Encouraging the reader to critique and reflect upon the ways in which classic social theory applies to their own worlds, this is the perfect antidote to dry social theory explanations. It is an eye-opening read for all students and scholars across the social sciences.

The Myth of Popular Culture

The Myth of Popular Culture from Dante to Dylan is a fascinating examination of the cultural traditions of the American novel, Hollywood, and British and American rock music which leads us to redefine our concept of the division between ...

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Author: Perry Meisel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444317504

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The Myth of Popular Culture from Dante to Dylan is afascinating examination of the cultural traditions of the Americannovel, Hollywood, and British and American rock music which leadsus to redefine our concept of the division between "high" and "low"culture. A stimulating history of high and low culture from DanteAlighieri to Bob Dylan, providing a controversial defence ofpopular culture Seeks to rebut the durable belief that only high culture is‘dialectical’ and popular culture is not by turningTheodor Adorno’s theories on ‘pop’ againstthemselves Presents a critical analysis of three popular traditions: theAmerican novel, Hollywood, and British and American rock music Offers an original account of Bob Dylan as an example of howthe distinction between high and low culture is highlyproblematic A provocative book for any student, scholar or general reader,who is interested in popular culture

Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture

In a subsequent section , we shall discuss Adorno's rejection of popular culture ,
a term he thinks is misleading in suggesting the art and culture comes “ from the
people . " Adorno prefers to speak of the " culture industry . " Cf. Robert W. Witkin
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Author: William Irwin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105122850121

Category: Philosophy

Page: 297

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Containing thirteen articles, this book makes the case to philosophers that popular culture is worthy of their attention. It considers popular art forms such as movies, television shows, comic books, children's stories, photographs, and rock songs.

Popular Culture

Antony Easthope and Kate McGowan summarise Adorno ' s approach to music in
this way : . . he discriminates the music of high and popular culture with a set of
oppositions : complex / simple ; expressive / conventional ; spontaneous ...

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Author: Anne Cranny-Francis

Publisher: Hyperion Books

ISBN: UVA:X006078602

Category: Criticism

Page: 87

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Popular culture (Deakin monograph series)

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Author: Theodor W. Adorno

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1014544000

Category: Culture

Page: 342

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Essays on Music

No one interested in Adorno from any perspective—or, for that matter, in modernity and music all told—can afford to ignore Essays on Music."—Gary Tomlinson, author of Metaphysical Song: An Essay on Opera "This book is both a major ...

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Author: Theodor Adorno

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520231597

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 743

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"A book of landmark importance. It is unprecedented in its design: a brilliantly selected group of essays on music coupled with lucid, deeply incisive, and in every way masterly analysis of Adorno's thinking about music. No one who studies Adorno and music will be able to dispense with it; and if they can afford only one book on Adorno and music, this will be the one. For in miniature, it contains everything one needs: a collection of exceptionally important writings on all the principal aspects of music and musical life with which Adorno dealt; totally reliable scholarship; and powerfully illuminating commentary that will help readers at all levels read and re-read the essays in question."—Rose Rosengard Subotnik, author of Deconstructive Variations: Music and Reason in Western Society "An invaluable contribution to Adorno scholarship, with well chosen essays on composers, works, the culture industry, popular music, kitsch, and technology. Leppert's introduction and commentaries are consistently useful; his attention to secondary literature remarkable; his interpretation responsible. The new translations by Susan Gillespie (and others) are outstanding not only for their care and readability, but also for their sensitivity to Adorno's forms and styles."—Lydia Goehr, author of The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics and the Limits of Philosophy "With its careful, full edition of Adorno's important musical texts and its exhaustive yet eminently readable commentaries, Richard Leppert's magisterial book represents a brilliant solution to the age-old dilemma of bringing together primary text and interpretation in one volume."—James Deaville, Director, School of the Arts, McMaster University "The developing variations of Adorno's life-long involvement with musical themes are fully audible in this remarkable collection. What might be called his 'literature on notes' brilliantly complements the 'notes to literature' he devoted to the written word. Richard Leppert's superb commentaries constitute a book-length contribution in their own right, which will enlighten and challenge even the most learned of Adorno scholars."—Martin Jay, author of The Dialectical Imagination: A History of The Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research "There is afoot in Anglo-American musicology today the first wholesale reconsideration of Adorno's thought since the pioneering work of Rose Rosengard Subotnik around 1980. Essays on Music will play a central role in this effort. It will do so because Richard Leppert has culled Adorno's writings so as to make clear to musicologists the place of music in the broad critique of modernity that was Adorno's overarching project; and it will do so because Leppert has explained these writings, in commentaries that amount to a book-length study, so as to reveal to non-musicologists the essentially musical foundation of this project. No one interested in Adorno from any perspective—or, for that matter, in modernity and music all told—can afford to ignore Essays on Music."—Gary Tomlinson, author of Metaphysical Song: An Essay on Opera "This book is both a major achievement by its author-editor and a remarkable act of scholarly generosity for the rest of us. Until now, English translations of Adorno's major essays on music have been scattered and often unreliable. Until now, there has been no comprehensive scholarly treatment of Adorno's musical thinking. This volume remedies both problems at a single stroke. It will be read equally—and eagerly—for Adorno's texts and for Richard Leppert's commentary on them, both of which will continue to be essential resources as musical scholarship seeks increasingly to come to grips with the social contexts and effects of music. No one knows Adorno better than Leppert, and no one is better equipped to clarify the complex interweaving of sociology, philosophy, and musical aesthetics that is central to Adorno's work. From now on, everyone who reads Adorno on music, whether a beginner or an expert, is in Richard Leppert's debt for devoting his exceptional gifts of learning and lucidity to this project."—Lawrence Kramer, author of Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Studies in Popular Culture

Adorno argues that " the lyric work is always the subjective expression of a social
antagonism , ” implying that even patriotically - motivated poetry will convey some
resistance to traditional pieties ( 45 ) . WORKS CITED Adorno , Theodor .

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Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000111527507

Category: Popular culture

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An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture

Among the theories and ideas the book introduces are mass culture, the Frankfurt School and the culture industry, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism.

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Author: Dominic Strinati

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134565085

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Among the theories and ideas the book introduces are mass culture, the Frankfurt School and the culture industry, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism.

An Introductory Guide to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

To make more concrete these general points , I want now to turn to a specific
example of the Frankfurt School ' s approach to popular culture : Adorno ' s essay
, ' On popular music ? . In the essay he makes three specific claims about popular
 ...

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Author: John Storey

Publisher:

ISBN: 0745013163

Category: Culture

Page: 238

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Presents a detailed critical survey of competing theories of, and approaches to, popular culture. Storey charts the changing relationship between cultural theory and popular culture, mapping the relationship between the production of theory and the consumption/production of culture.

Cultural Resistance Reader

An invaluable scholarly resource and a tool for political activists.

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Author: Stephen Duncombe

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859843794

Category: Social Science

Page: 447

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An invaluable scholarly resource and a tool for political activists.

Mass Media Popular Culture and Technology

Building upon the theoretical groundwork initially presented by Marx and later
explicated by Gramsci , members of the famed Frankfurt School intensified and
clarified the notion of mass culture as merely a product of capitalism ( Adorno ,
1973 ...

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Author: Christopher J. Schneider

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000065614891

Category: Communication and technology

Page: 210

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International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music

of Adorno ' s theory of mass - culture and also in demonstrating empirically the
inaccuracy of many of his analytical observations , it may still prove useful to
evaluate , at a more ' subterranean ' level , the continuing utility ( or not ) of the
general ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015057473269

Category: Electronic journals

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Screen

Both involve attempts to derive from Adorno's work pointers towards a politics of
popular cultural production . This rehabilitation of Adorno appears presently to be
ascendant , after the long - established orthodoxy which held him as bête noir in
 ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005426007

Category: Motion pictures

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