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Identity and Popular Culture 2
Identity and Popular Culture 2

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Brock University
Popular Culture
Scott Henderson

PCUL1F92 Section 1 Tuesday January1711MetanarrativesThe broader cultural narratives tied to hegemonyTeen pop culture still relies on these despite its stylistic distinctionsTeen films eg American Pie and shows so often resolved via romance selfrealization coming of ageand all likely on prom night The night youth become adultsWhere in this is there a space for AgencyThe capacity each of us has to shape our own lifeWe may think we have agency and are getting what we want when they all write us into the same consumer positionHow much of this is shaped for usIdea of an illusionWhat do we make of MTVs BecomingoDoes being yourself mean being someone elseoHow is that becoming achievedPostmodern era defined by the struggle for identity and meaning might be because of rapid cultural change or popular culture consumption economically we may feel powerlesseg losing a job notion that copy replaces the real consumer goods became a vehicle for identity and expressionImportant to look at the structures of popular culture and how they relate to our notions of identityFeminism and Popular CultureSignificant in drawing attention to issues of identity and representationoDrew attention to the fact that identity is culturally constructedCurrent developments suggest that gender inequality in popular culture are part of broader cultural inequalitiesThe nature of representations indicates the nature of the systemthey are not the cause of the inequalitySymbolic AnnihilationEmerged out of an approach that Gaye Tuchman referred to as symbolic annihilation of womenShe suggests that womens representation in popular culture suffers from condemnation trivialization and absenceMain concern how women are represented in popular culture what representations do and do not exist
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