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POPULAR CULTURE

OUTCOMES

• Analyses relationships within and between social and cultural groups.

• Accounts for cultural diversity and commonality within societies and cultures

• Evaluates continuity and change, assesses social futures and strategies for change and the implications for societies and cultures.

• Evaluates the influence of power, authority, gender and technology on decisions making and participation in society.

• Applies appropriate language and concepts associated with society and culture.

• Selects, organizes and evaluates information and sources for usefulness, validity and bias

• Communicates information, ideas and issues using appropriate written, oral and graphic forms.

SOCIETY AND CULTURE CONCEPTS(

Society
Culture
Persons
Environment
Time
Power
Authority
Gender
Technology

CROSS CULTURAL STUDY(

Family
Roles & Status
Conflict, Cooperation and decision making
Gender
Communication
Power, authority and Influence

SOCIALISATION FACTORS( family, peers, school, media, location.

THE NATURE OF POPULAR CULTURE-

• Academics argue- is R n R is a rebellious movement that challenges conservative cultural practices in society or whether, by being so heavily commercialized, it is simply another conservative set of practices maintaining the status quo in society. They’re unable to come up with a clear definition.

CHOOSING A POPULAR CULTURE

Four distinguishing characteristics of a pop culture- it needs to be: 1. be associated with commercial products
2. have developed from a local to national to a global level. 3. allow consumers to have widespread access to it.
4. Be constantly changing and evolving- many products and beliefs in any society that do not have this combination of characteristics & are, therefore, simply part of culture.

***combination of these that allows practices and beliefs to become recognised as p.c Other examples of p.c- Barbie, kid’s music- wiggles, surfing etc.

YOUR INTERACTION WITH POP CULTURE

• You have no personal involvement
⇨ Micro and macro world intersect.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

• Style of music that became popular in the western world => 1950’s. • The term originally referred to an African American slang for sex but was linked to the new musical style emerging in the U.S by the American disco jockey Alan Freed around 1952. • First successful r&r record-generally ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley & The Comets. Became a hit-1955 & then came the arrival of new stars- Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Little Richard. • 1950’s America- racially divided environment, particularly in the South. • ‘Pop Music’ was white- acceptable to adults.

• Rock & Roll was African American- not acceptable to white adults. • New social class of teenagers emerging.
They were-
*economically independent as rising postwar economy & part time jobs. *& as they searched for an identity of their own- R&R provided. • Enterprises quick to realise- potential $ in teenagers and it became one of the products identifiably aimed at teens • Examples(R & R 1955-58

• Surf Music- 1960-63, British Invasion- 1964-67, Folk Rock 1965- 67, Hip Hop 1990’s( No clear ideology behind this change.

WHY IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL A POPULAR CULTURE?

Characteristics of a popular culture(
1. How has Rock ‘n’ roll been merchandised into a product?

• Currency of youth culture
• For an artist to ‘make it’( make a record( required large number of commercial transactions. • Record company ( sign artist/group ( contract( pay for them to record ( give them a...
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