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The Resource For enquiring minds : a cultural study of supermarket tabloids, S. Elizabeth Bird

For enquiring minds : a cultural study of supermarket tabloids, S. Elizabeth Bird

Label
For enquiring minds : a cultural study of supermarket tabloids
Title
For enquiring minds
Title remainder
a cultural study of supermarket tabloids
Statement of responsibility
S. Elizabeth Bird
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Millions of people read weekly supermarket tabloids. Yet little serious effort has been made to understand why so many Americans make a valued place for these papers in their lives. Instead, the tabloids are dismissed as the epitome of "trash"--Sensational, gossipy, stereotyped, ephemeral. Libraries shun them. As the papers are "trashed" by critics, so by extension are their largely working-class readers, who are viewed as unworthy of consideration. This book, the first full-length analysis of the tabloids within their historical and cultural contexts, examines the interplay among tabloid writer, text, and audience. Drawing on anthropology, communications, folklore, and literary theory, Elizabeth Bird argues that tabloids are successful because they build on and feed existing narrative traditions, much as folklore does. Men and women, to judge from letters and interviews, read the tabloids from different perspectives. And while people buy the papers for various reasons, readers tend to be alienated from some aspects of the dominant culture. The tabloids are popular precisely for the reasons they are despised: formulaic yet titillating, they celebrate excess and ordinariness at the same time. After beckoning readers into a world where life is dangerous and exciting, the tabloids soothe them with assurances that, be it ever so humble, there is no place like home. Thus, while readers are active, playful consumers, we cannot assume that the papers offer a real opportunity to resist cultural subordination
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bird, S. Elizabeth
Dewey number
302.23/22/0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN4888.T3
LC item number
B5 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tabloid newspapers
  • Sensationalism in journalism
  • Journalism
  • Popular culture
  • Boulevardpers
  • Tabloïds
  • Presse
  • Culture populaire
  • Boulevardpresse
  • Zivilisation
  • USA
Label
For enquiring minds : a cultural study of supermarket tabloids, S. Elizabeth Bird
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tabloids past and present -- Tabloid content today -- Writing the tabloid -- Reading the tabloid -- Gendered readings -- Writers, text and audience : tabloids as folklore -- Conclusions : A word on cultural studies and optimism
Control code
23693283
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780870497285
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
91013989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1444960
Label
For enquiring minds : a cultural study of supermarket tabloids, S. Elizabeth Bird
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tabloids past and present -- Tabloid content today -- Writing the tabloid -- Reading the tabloid -- Gendered readings -- Writers, text and audience : tabloids as folklore -- Conclusions : A word on cultural studies and optimism
Control code
23693283
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780870497285
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
91013989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1444960

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