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"Bold on all fronts, Pop Culture Freaks is an unwincing examination of power in our mass media. Drawing on clear data, well-placed examples, and sophisticated theory, it offers a compelling critique, even for those inclined to draw less damning conclusions. Readers interested in an unapologetic review of the politics of identity in pop culture need look no further." --Lisa Wade, Occidental College "Kidd's narrative style is engaging; the text is written in language that undergraduate students can clearly understand." --Lori Waite, Tennessee Wesleyan College "A welcome relief! In one convenient text, this book clearly addresses the core issues I cover in my course. It integrates both classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout every chapter. The 'methodology moment' boxes in each chapter brilliantly show students how to carry out empirically-based research on various popular culture forms." --Rhonda E. Dugan, California State University-Bakersfield "Provides voluminous examples from popular culture that will both spark student interests and enable them to contextualize course materials to their own lives...It will open up wonderful discussions in the classroom." --Lorna Lueker Zukas, National University "A powerful survey highly recommended for any sociology reader, especially those new to pop culture research and study." --The Midwest Book Review

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Dustin Kidd is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University. He has been teaching the Sociology of Popular Culture course for over a decade and his syllabus for the course has been included in the ASA's Sociology of Culture Teaching Guide. His first book, Legislating Creativity, analyzed controversies around government investment in arts, and his essays appear in various journals and volumes such as The Sociology of Harry Potter. He blogs about teaching, the arts, television, and the sociology of current events at dustinkidd.blogspot.com.

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It's Pretty Good 11 May 2014
By Mohamad Wazzan - Published on Amazon.com
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Surprisingly there are very few books written about pop culture, even though it's such a huge part of our lives. So it was a pleasant surprise when I found this. The topic is extremely well researched and thoroughly handled. Kidd cites academic journals and tabloids in equal measure, which gives the book a nice balance. It's a pretty easy read and any sociological terms are defined (actually it's a nice way to learn about sociology).
Kidd seems very interested about the subject, and his passion really comes through. That makes reading the book all the more interesting (though the writing style does get a bit academic at times).
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and hope it'll start a new trend of books handling pop culture being published in the future.
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great book 11 Sep 2014
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We'll organized and information dense, apparently this must be more words in order to be acceptable. Not sur why that is!
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