A Companion to Popular Culture by Gary Burns

By Gary Burns

A better half to pop culture is a landmark survey of up to date study in pop culture reviews that gives a entire and fascinating advent to the field.

  • Includes over dozen essays masking the spectrum of pop culture stories from meals to folklore and from television to technology
  • Features contributions from verified and up-and-coming students from a variety of disciplines
  • Offers an in depth background of the research of renowned culture
  • Balances new views at the politics of tradition with in-depth research of issues on the leading edge of pop culture studies

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