SOCIAL SCIENCE (General) -> Popular Culture

Kill All Normies

Online culture wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right

Angela Nagle

Jun 2017

How internet subcultures are conquering the mainstream, from from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right.

Millennials and the Moments That Made Us

A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present

Shaun Scott

Feb 2018

A generation on the move, a country on the brink, and a young author's search to find out how we got here.

Cold World

The aesthetics of dejection and the politics of militant dysphoria

Dominic Fox

Sep 2009

A scintillating critical survey of the "cold worlds" of Romantic poetry, black metal, teenage angst and terrorism.

Fear of Music

Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen

David Stubbs

Apr 2009

An examination of why modern art can be easier to appreciate than modern music.

Capitalist Realism

Is there no alternative?

Mark Fisher

Nov 2009

An analysis of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system.

Classless

Recent Essays on British Film

Carl Neville

Oct 2010

Why nobody who knows Britain recognises the Britain represented in British films.A general-interest, polemical book on contemporary British Cinema that focuses heavily on cult movies like "Withnail and I" and "Sexy Beast" both of which have committed audi

Awkwardness

An Essay

Adam Kotsko

Nov 2010

Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.

Blue in the Air, The

Marcello Carlin

Apr 2011

A retrieved man tells how music, from Patrick Cargill to Jay-Z, retained the power to change the world in 2008.

Ghosts of My Life

Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures

Mark Fisher

May 2014

Collected essays on popular culture by a major critic.

Non-Stop Inertia

Ivor Southwood

Mar 2011

A theoretical investigation into the culture of precarious work, digital consumption and personal flexibility, calling for a counter-discourse of resistance.

Slime Dynamics

Ben Woodard

Sep 2012

Through speculative philosophy and lurid cultural objects, Slime Dynamics explores the muck of life as a darkly vitalistic substance.

Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson, The

Mark Fisher

Nov 2009

The definitive account of Michael Jackson's rise and fall by the world's best music writers. or Written by the world's best music writers for those who loved his records, and want to understand the times he defined. OR This collection of thoughtful

Send Them Victorious

England's Path to Glory 2006-2010

David Stubbs

May 2010

As another World Cup campaign is upon us, England expects, none more so than the Wing Commander, whose past reports on England matches magnificently capture the John Bull spirit of fevered xenophobia and deluded optimism.

Film, Nihilism and the Restoration of Belief

Darren Ambrose

Oct 2013

This book explores the possibility that cinema can challenge our contemporary nihilism and restore belief in new transformative possibilities for life.

Cloud Time

Rob Coley
Dean Lockwood

Apr 2012

This book maps capitalisms mobilization of cloud computing in its bid to archive and enclose the future.

Folk Opposition

Alex Niven

Oct 2011

From Ridley Scott to Raoul Moat: why the left must recapture the imagination of the British folk populace.

Uncommon

Owen Hatherley

Jun 2011

The history of the Jarvis Cocker’s 1990s Britpop band, Pulp,through sex, pop, class war and Sheffield.

Rowdy Entrepreneurs and Insecure Dinosaurs

Popular Strategies for Innovation After the End of Endings

Murat Karamuftuoglu

Apr 2013

Mingling popular-culture theory with innovation theory and entrepreneurship in a lively style with textual and visual puns.

Poor but Sexy

Culture Clashes in Europe East and West

Agata Pyzik

Mar 2014

How the East stayed East and the West stayed West.

Outside the Revolution; Everything

A redefinition of left-wing identity in contemporary cuban music Making

Tom Astley

Aug 2012

Through the reclamation of a left-wing identity, disparate groups of Cuban musicians seek a collective Cubanness ‘outside of the Revolution’.  

Superactually

Micro-Essays on Post-Ironic Life

Chuk Moran

Feb 2013

A bunch of tiny essays on life after irony, this is a book to help smart people feel hip and hip people feel smart.

Clampdown

Pop-cultural wars on class and gender

Rhian E. Jones

Mar 2013

Class and gender in Britpop and after, and why 'chav' is a feminist issue.

Pantomime Terror

Music and Politics

John Hutnyk

Feb 2014

The war on terror thrives on pantomime demons, created and maintained by political opportunism, convenient stereotype and uncritical celebrity scholarship.

Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption

Robert Appelbaum

May 2014

All the world is not a stage, anymore - the world is a supermarket. This book relates one man's struggle to go 'working the aisles'.

U.ESS.AY

Politics and Humanity in American Film

Stephen Lee Naish

Jan 2014

Collects together the published essays of Stephen Lee Naish, into a narrative that explores the political and humanistic elements of modern cinema.

Serial Agencies

The Wire and Its Readers

Frank Kelleter

Sep 2014

Serial Agencies investigates how public and academic reactions to The Wire have contributed to the narrative's serial evolution and cultural performance

Babbling Corpse

Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts

Grafton Tanner

Jun 2016

In the age of global capitalism, vaporwave celebrates and undermines the electronic ghosts haunting the nostalgia industry.

Pop Grenade

From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot - Dispatches from Musical Frontlines

Matthew Collin

May 2015

Thrilling reportage from raves, riots and rebellions documents how rebels with a cause use music as a force for change.

In Confidence: Talking Frankly about Fame

Laurie Taylor

Aug 2014

Celebrity artists, scientists, actors, film-makers and novelists on being famous.

Creepiness

Adam Kotsko

Feb 2015

A sequel to Awkwardness and Why We Love Sociopaths, Creepiness explores popular culture to examine the worst character trait of all.

Enjoying It

Candy Crush and Capitalism

Alfie Bown

Dec 2015

This book is a study of enjoyment and of the enjoyment of studying. It asks what enjoyment says about us and what we say about enjoyment, and why.

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