Definition of Popular Culture
(noun) Widely accessible and commonly shared aspects of culture (e.g., books, movies, TV shows) consumed by all classes (the masses), but typically associated with lower and middle classes.
Popular Culture Pronunciation
Syllabification: pop·u·lar cul·ture
- American English – /pAHp-yuh-luhr kUHl-chuhr/
- British English – /pOp-yu-luh kUHl-chuh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpɑpjələr ˈkʌlʧər/
- British English – /ˈpɒpjʊlə ˈkʌlʧə/
- Plural: popular cultures
- Popular culture is not always low culture.
- A type of culture.
- Variant spellings:
- pop culture (pop-culture).
- Also called mass culture.
- Word origin of “popular” and “culture” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “popular culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 23, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/popular-culture/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
popular culture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/popular-culture/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“popular culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/popular-culture/>.