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Title Christmas, ideology and popular culture / edited by Sheila Whiteley.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

Subject Christmas in popular culture.
Christmas -- Sociological aspects.
Christmas -- Political aspects.
Christmas in motion pictures.
Carols, English.
Christmas shopping.
Alt Name Whiteley, Sheila, 1941-
Description 1 online resource (ix unnumbered pages, 222 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index.
Contents The invention of the English Christmas / John Storey -- Conspicuous consumption and festive follies : Victorian images of Christmas / Sara M. Dodd -- Consumption, Coca-colonisation, cultural resistance -- and Santa Claus / George McKay -- Religious controversies over Christmas / Jennifer Rycenga -- Christmas carols / Barry Cooper -- Christmas songs : sentiments and subjectivities / Sheila Whiteley -- The musical underbelly of Christmas / Freya Jarman-Ivens -- Christmas and war / Christine Agius -- Christmas and the media / Tara Brabazon -- Christmas and the movies : frames of mind / John Mundy -- Popular culture and Christmas : a nomad at home / Thom Swiss -- Reflections of a Jewish childhood during Christmas / Gerry Bloustien.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
Summary How do we understand Christmas? What does it mean? This book is a lively introduction to the study of popular culture through one central case study. It explores the cultural, social and historical contexts of Christmas in the UK, USA and Australia, covering such topics as fiction, film, television, art, newspapers and magazines, war, popular music and carols. Chapters explore the ways in which the production of meaning is mediated by the social and cultural activities surrounding Christmas (watching Christmas films, television, listening or engaging with popular music and carols), its relationship to a set of basic values (the idealised construct of the family), social relationships (community), and the ways in which ideological discourses are used and mobilised, not least in times of conflict, terrorism and war. Key Features Offers an incisive account of the ways in which Christmas relates to social change, and how such recent events as 9/11 and the conflict in Iraq focus attention on traditional themes of community and family. Case studies include A Christmas Carol, Coca-colonisation and Santa Claus, Victorian cartoons and Christmas cards, Dr Who and 'Happy Christmas (War is Over)' Includes 18 B & W illustrations.
Note English.
ISBN 0748631879 (electronic bk.)
9780748631872 (electronic bk.)
0748628096 (Paper)
0748628088 (Cloth)
9780748628087 (hbk.)
9780748628094 (pbk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780748628087
OCLC # 270110461
Additional Format Print version: Christmas, ideology and popular culture. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2008 0748628088 9780748628087 (OCoLC)192027533.

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