The Evolution of Concept of Popular Culture and Its Significance

Pengzhuo Deng


The paper has checked the evolution of concept of popular culture, which presents the essential meanings and its hidden reasons to general readers. Built upon the conceptual evolution, i.e. roughly from British School, Frankfurt School until French School, the thesis explores the possible characteristics of today’s popular culture of China in the ever-changing era. First, subjectivity of the people, i.e. the subject of China’s popular culture is composed of average people; Second, aesthetic experience, i.e. China’s popular culture is committed to perfecting her subjects’ mind and moral sense by providing beautiful contents, but not ugly immoral ones as currently appeared on new media; Third, “cultural consciousness,” i.e. the subjects should have confidence, reflection upon China’s popular culture, and not reject “others” blindly.


popular culture; subjectivity; aesthetic experience; cultural consciousness

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