Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives defines Popular Culture as: "Often contrasted with “high” or “official” culture, the cultural practices and creations of “the people.” Often used as a pejorative term to indicate the poor quality and low intelligence of such culture, in the contemporary world it has also become an important and vibrant form of culture, although one that is not entirely “of the people,” in the sense that large corporations often create and disseminate it."
The Popular Culture/American Culture Association defines it as "the study of the mainstream culture or that which is popular with the masses."
This guide is meant to assist in researching popular culture in all of its forms (and definitions!) and draws upon the relationship between popular culture and cultural studies. Please note that the number of media covered under the umbrella of "popular culture" makes it impossible for this guide to be comprehensive; use it instead as a starting point for your own research. Please email me with any questions, and happy searching!
Below is a list of call number ranges for different popular culture-related subjects. use these numbers to browse the stacks for more resources! (Visit the Bowling Green State University site for more)
Try these searches in the FSU Libraries Catalog! (Search by "subject heading" in the drop down menu)
subject headings searches:
Popular Culture (General)