"Popular music tells us a lot about the family, about gender relations, about minority dominant group relations, about adolescence."Î¾ Î¾
Kotarba, who co-wrote the book "Understanding Society Through Popular Music" (you can take a peek inside the book here),explains that your critical view of your teenager's attitude becomes a criticism of his Linkin Park CD.Î¾ Listening to "Rock en Espa±ol" becomes your celebration of your language.Î¾ Heading to an outdoor venue to hear Cheap Trick or Steve Winwood becomes a welcoming visit with middle age.
"One of the most powerful aspects of popular music is the way audiences experience it as belonging to them," Kotarba explained.Î¾ "It's not just out there to be appreciated; this is my music."
Pop music is woven into Kotarba's sociology classes.Î¾ It is no surprise the topic is well received. Î¾Î¾
"Popular music has a lot of messages and it's useful sociologically because everybody loves popular music," he said.Î¾ Î¾
Joe Kotarba and pop music are part of what's happening at the University of Houston.
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