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Title: Youth, pop and meta-narrative
Author: Leggett, Dave.
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2007
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The continued presence of pop music as a soundtrack for people's lives suggests that youth, in particular, will continue to use music each and every day, as individuals and in groups. In this thesis I argue that the ever-lengthening history of pop music has led to the development of a meta-narrative around the way youth relates to pop music. which is now influencing the way pop music is experienced. This meta-narrative has been constructed by academics, popular sociologists and the media and is built around a number of key assumptions: an excessive importance to charts and other ranking systems a focus on the late 60s and 70s as a critical period for youth and pop an exclusion of other narratives around gender and ethnicity a focus on subculture as a way of explaining youth and pop culture. This has occurred through the actions of mediators, such as pop music distributors and the mass media. The thesis chronicles the way these processes have occurred. by developing a quasi-historical account of the relationship between youth and pop. I believe that the history of pop, and the way that it is written, will have an increasing effect on the way youth uses pop music. Meanwhile, the need for youth to develop resources to deal with this history will become greater, otherwise consumption of pop music will become nothing more than a lifestyle choice and a way of passing time. There is enough evidence to suggest that youth will continue to use pop music in a significant and meaningful way to help them make sense of their cultural existence. This thesis explores the importance of history and meta-narrative on the way youth relates to pop music.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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