Cultural Populism

By Jim McGuigan

First released in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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2. pop culture. three. Populism. four. lifestyle. five. Mass media and adolescence. I. identify. HM101. M357 1992 306–dc20 ISBN 0-203-41360-1 grasp book ISBN ISBN 0-203-72184-5 (Adobe eReader layout) ISBN 0-415-06294-2 (Print variation) ISBN 0-415-06295-0 (pbk) 92–248 CIP To the reminiscence of Creina and Jimmy It’s an occupational danger for intellectuals, despite their politics, to lose contact with the stuff and stream of daily life. (Marshall Berman 1984) Contents Acknowledgements creation ix 1 half I Theoretical politics 1 Populism and traditional tradition Bourdieu’s paradox Populist sentiment ‘Culture is traditional’ ‘Between the grand outdated reason and the new instances’ nine eleven thirteen 21 33 2 Trajectories of cultural populism ‘Unbending the springs of motion’ From hegemony concept to the hot revisionism wondering populism forty five forty nine sixty one seventy five half II Analytical items three early life tradition and intake Analysing lifestyle learning resistance Gendering formative years eating passions 89 ninety two ninety seven a hundred and five 113 four renowned tv looking at small screen television Soaping feminism Child-minding Switching channels 124 129 one hundred forty 151 159 vii viii Contents half III modern matters five Dilemmas of tradition and politics Sun-setting Censoring pornography Author-killing 171 174 185 195 6 Anomie of the folks dwelling within the (post? )modern global altering identities Writing at the Wall Conclusion—critical renewal? 207 214 226 234 244 Bibliography identify index topic index 251 276 282 Acknowledgements I should still prefer to recognize assistance from many people who contributed both at once or in some way to the writing of this ebook, just a decide upon few of whom are named the following. Mike Peters’ criticisms have been necessary and i'm indebted to him for bettering the linguistic precision of the manuscript. Rob Burkitt and Ann grey additionally supplied penetrating albeit differential readings, for which i'm super thankful. Lesley Watson, Christopher and Jenny survived the event of dwelling with a undertaking now not in their personal opting for yet which known as upon striking powers of persistence, at the least from Lesley, in stipulations that they made attainable. Many scholars in Leeds served as guinea pigs, whether or not they knew it or no longer, and that i take note them with fondness. And, eventually, i need to thank Chris Rojek at Routledge for his encouragement and really striking potency. Leeds, December 1991 ix Introduction This e-book is meant as a sympathetic critique of cultural populism. because it may well, opposite to my needs, be learn as an unsympathetic critique, the explanations for wondering cultural populism in any respect have to be signalled sincerely from the outset. there's, besides the fact that, an issue of definition, which has to be handled first. The time period ‘cultural populism’ is usually utilized in passing yet, to my wisdom, hasn't ever quite been given an exact definition. a few writers, whom I regard as cultural populists, use the time period loosely to assault different writers with whom they disagree. this is the reason i select to outline ‘cultural populism’ relatively accurately the following and with a comparative neutrality that distinguishes my utilization sharply from the most replacement, principally commonsensical and completely pejorative usages.

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