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The Resource Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture, (electronic resource)

Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture, (electronic resource)

Label
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture
Title
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
BIP US
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Whiteley, Sheila
Illustrations
illustrations
Intended audience
  • Scholarly & Professional
  • 17
Intended audience source
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Edinburgh University Press
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Summary expansion
How do we understand Christmas? What does it mean? This book is a lively introduction to the study of popular culture through one central case study. It explores the cultural, social and historical contexts of Christmas in the UK, USA and Australia, covering such topics as fiction, film, television, art, newspapers and magazines, war, popular music and carols. Chapters explore the ways in which the production of meaning is mediated by the social and cultural activities surrounding Christmas (watching Christmas films, television, listening or engaging with popular music and carols), its relationship to a set of basic values (the idealised construct of the family), social relationships (community), and the ways in which ideological discourses are used and mobilised, not least in times of conflict, terrorism and war. Packed with examples ranging from Charles Dickens&acirc;&#128;&#153; seminal text, <i>A Christmas Carol</i>, Coca-colonisation and Santa Claus, Victorian cartoons and Christmas cards, to <i>Dr Who</i>, <i>The Office</i>, &acirc;&#128;&#152;A Fairy Tale of New York&acirc;&#128;&#153;, &acirc;&#128;&#152;Happy Christmas (War is Over)&acirc;&#128;&#153;, and such dystopian films as <i>Jingle All the Way</i> and <i>All I Want For Christmas</i>, the case studies offer an incisive account of the ways in which Christmas relates to social change, and how such recent events as 9/11 and the continuing conflict in Iraq focus attention on traditional themes of community and family. <i>Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture</i> offers students and scholars alike an opportunity to explore the hidden agendas of the world&acirc;&#128;&#153;s most popular festival and what it means to the outsider looking in
Label
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ssj0000121957
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (208 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780748628087
Other control number
9780748628087
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000121957
Label
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture, (electronic resource)
Publication
Control code
ssj0000121957
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (208 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780748628087
Other control number
9780748628087
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000121957

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