The Impact of Pop Culture on Youth in Schools of China and Its Challenges to Pedagogy

By Jie Zheng.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Surfacing in the United States in the mid 20th century with the booming of the economy and the improvement of people’s lives, pop culture became a widespread research phenomenon. Some researchers focused on the study of the relation of pop culture to communication technologies. Some critiqued pop culture as American culture and then proposed critical theories, such as the Frankfurt School theorists. Some explored the effect of pop culture on society from a psychological and sociological aspect. Or others inspired by the term “semiotics” in linguistics studied pop culture by adopting semiotic approaches. Based on the correlation between cultural studies and education, this article adopts a poststructuralist approach to evaluate the influences of pop culture on youth in schools. An examination of the influence of pop culture on school youth in China and the challenges of the impact of pop culture in pedagogy will be discussed. Lastly, Henry Giroux’s emphasis on cultural studies and pedagogy and Paulo Freire’s “dialogue education” will be drawn upon as possible recommendations for traditional pedagogy in China’s schools today.

Keywords: Pop Culture, Youth, Cultural Studies, Pedagogy

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 8, pp.43-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.272MB).

Jie Zheng

Graduate Student, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Currently I am a graduate student in the program of Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Beyond that, I am working as a research assistant for a professor in my department on her three-year funded Socical Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research project. My major research interests include: globalization and higher education, sociology and education & cultural studies in education.


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