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From entertainment to citizenshipPolitics and popular culture$
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John Street, Sanna Inthorn, and Martin Scott

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085383

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085383.001.0001

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Real power

Real power

(p.70) 6 Real power
From entertainment to citizenship

John Street

Sanna Inthorn

Martin Scott

Manchester University Press

Young people in our focus groups and interviews regularly commented on media texts and their representations of the world as being either ‘real’ or ‘unreal’. In this chapter we argue that these judgements about reality can often be read politically because they can reveal young people’s understanding of where power lies in society and how they attempt to position themselves in relation to sources of power. Thus, this chapter helps us to begin to consider our broader question of how young people use popular culture politically. We also begin to distinguish between the ways in which different forms of popular culture are used differently by young people to express their relationship to sources of power.

Keywords:   Representations of reality, Power, Popular culture, Politics, Media literacy

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