Mass Media Images in Popular Music

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Emily D. Edwards, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Symbolic interactionists Kenneth Burke1 and Hugh Duncan2 have stressed that social interaction is not a process, but a dramatic expression, an enactment of roles by individuals who seek to identify with each other in the search to create a social scheme. A community presents itself through art or popular culture, which in turn determines society. The master symbols through which the world is viewed (and in terms of which its citizens act) are created and manipulated through popular culture. Pitirim Sorokin3 argued that changes in popular culture foreshadow changes in society. Since music is one aspect of popular culture it seems only reasonable to conclude that attitudes expressed musically may have emotionally strengthened and politically meaningful effects.

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Popular Music and Society 9.4 (1984): 17-26
Language: English
Date: 1984
Mass media images, Popular music, Student music collections, Student Attitudes, Media performance

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