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Krämer, Benjamin (2016): Popularity. In: Jensen, Klaus Bruhn; Craig, Robert T.; Pooley, Jefferson D.; Rothenbuhler, Eric W. (eds.) : International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell
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Abstract

After a brief history of the concept of the people, political popularity is discussed with regard to explanatory factors, the concept of charismatic leadership, and populism. This is followed by an overview of perspectives on popular culture, including theories of distinction among taste cultures; evaluative views by conservatives, critical theorists, and academic populists; and the discussion in cultural studies of the reproduction of dominant ideologies and resistant cultural practices. Finally, some theoretical arguments on the measurements or construction of popularity are summarized.