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Kinneret Lahad

important role in the secondary wedding market. In the US and many other countries, the bridesmaid’s role has evolved into a flourishing market, producing its own commodities like special bridesmaid’s matching dresses, shoes, flower arrangements, and jewelry. Popular culture worldwide is fascinated by this figure, and the bridesmaid’s role has become especially popular in some of the most recent Hollywood romantic comedies. One example is Anne Fletcher’s box office hit, 27 Dresses (2008), also screened in Israel, which depicts the story of a serial bridesmaid, with twenty

in A table for one
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Mike Huggins

historians of leisure have been slow to explore and foreground those many hugely popular activities, such as racing and betting on racing, that were ambiguously respectable, and sometimes seen as morally problematic or illicit. Unconscious puritanism or careless cultural myopia has wrongly presented them as marginal to popular culture. By the interwar years, the appeal of such disreputable pleasures was spreading more widely. The balance of power was shifting. Racing illustrates this well. Over this period the formerly vociferous opposition to racing and betting from the

in Horseracing and the British 1919–39
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Yulia Karpova

on design and popular culture in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary; in 2008, with Jane Pavitt, he co-curated the exhibition ‘Cold War Modern’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 11 Margareta Tillberg, ‘Exhibition in Moscow, Soviet Design 1950s–1980s’, Baltic Worlds 1 (2013), 28–9, (accessed 30 March 2015). 12 ’Kachestvo – trebovanie dnia’, Sovetskaia torgovlia 2 (1976), 63. Quoted in Oushakine, ‘Against the “Cult of Things”’. 13 These elements were presented as constitutive of a new type of object

in Comradely objects
Offline and online games, branding and humanitarianism at the Roskilde Festival
Lene Bull Christiansen and Mette Fog Olwig

causes and commercial interests, e.g. via corporate social responsibility (CSR), cause-branded products or philanthropy. 2 Critiques of the popular characteristically draw on various theoretical and analytical approaches, such as critical discourse analysis, Žižekian ideological critique and/or grounded critical analytics. 3 These analyses often echo critical approaches to popular culture in media

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

intervention that unaccountable corporate bodies such as the World Trade Organisation are having on everyday life. The spaces that open up as a result of the contradictions and complexities of social life are also important in realising the potential that can be actualised through considering popular culture as an area where anarchism matters. To fully appreciate these possibilities, along with many other areas of likely intervention and influence, we suggest that the kind of anarchism (or even anarchisms) that is required for the future should be a non-dogmatic, flexible

in Changing anarchism
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Adam Fox and Daniel Woolf

’s views by Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist, has gone so far as to postulate a ‘language instinct’.5 From a different perspective, semiotics, the study of sign systems or modes of signification, has for many years ranged beyond language proper and into the analysis of ritual and popular culture. It now 2 Introduction routinely examines non-verbal ways of communicating such as dress, gesture, visual art, and performance.6 It would seem that the more means we have developed to communicate with one another, the greater our urge ‘as reflective, not merely communicative

in The spoken word
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Thomas Dumm

and the informal, not simply as represented on the screen but as people experience it in the constant movement between mini-publics and mini-privates, so to speak, that constitutes so much of the experience of popular culture. The sharp separation of public and private and the accompanying denigration of social life is one of the reasons I have never accepted, in the end, the

in Cinema, democracy and perfectionism
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Omnibus literature and popular culture in nineteenth-century Paris
Masha Belenky

public transport and popular culture, and thus the relationship between mass transit and mass entertainment. Les omnibus, ou la revue en voiture was one among many works of popular literature that embraced the new form of mass transit as an archetypal modern subject that embodied many of the features of this very literature. An astonishing number of cultural documents published across the nineteenth century explored different aspects of the omnibus experience. These included a broad range of works of urban observation, literary guidebooks, 3 short stories

in Engine of modernity
Debates about potential and ambition in British socialist thought
Jeremy Nuttall

theme of this chapter. Rodney Barker has analysed the Labour Party’s approach to educational issues in the first half of the twentieth century (Barker 1972). Steven Fielding, Peter Thompson and Nick Tiratsoo have explored Labour’s perceptions in the 1940s of the limits to both people’s political idealism and their enthusiasm for cultural ‘enlightenment’ (Fielding et al. 1995). Lawrence Black examined the impact of cultural and social changes during the ‘age of affluence’ in the 1950s and 1960s on socialist attitudes towards popular culture (Black 2003). David Marquand

in In search of social democracy
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Yale’s Chronicles of America
Roberta E. Pearson

hegemonic order. Might these official texts have functioned differently than their popular counterparts? In their fascinating study of the James Bond phenomenon, Tony Bennett and Janet Woollacott theorise that, while official culture/memory may be relatively stable, popular culture texts may act as a barometer of hegemonic reformulation. Periods

in Memory and popular film