Pop Culture in Europe

by Juliana Tzvetkova


Europe has supplied some of America's favorite—and iconic—television genres and video games.

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October 2017


Pages 414
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture
  Popular Culture/General

A fascinating survey of popular culture in Europe, from Celtic punk and British TV shows to Spanish fashion and Italian sports.

From One Direction and Adele to Penelope Cruz and Alexander Skarsgard, many Europeans are becoming household names in the United States. This ready-reference guide covers international pop culture spanning music, literature, movies, television and radio, the Internet, sports, video games, and fashion, from the mid-20th century through the present day.

The organization of the book—with entries arranged alphabetically within thematic chapters—allows readers to quickly find the topic they are seeking. Additionally, indexing allows for cross-cultural comparisons to be made between pop culture in Europe to that of the United States. An extensive chronology and lengthy introduction provide important contextual information, such as the United States' influence on movies, music, and the Internet; the effect of censorship on Internet and social media use; and the history of pop culture over the years. Topics feature key musicians, songs, books, actors and actresses, movies and television shows, popular websites, top athletes, games, clothing fads and designers, and much more.


  • Makes connections between pop culture in Europe to that of the United States
  • Provides further readings and a bibliography at the end of the work
  • Includes sidebars throughout the text with additional anecdotal information
  • Features appendices with top-ten lists of songs, movies, and books
Series Description

Entertainment and Society around the World

Entertainment and Society around the World enables students to learn about world geography through a very different lens: that of pop culture, be it the power couples of Bollywood, the biggest pop music stars of Japan, or the hottest Nigerian “Nollywood” actor. Students will see beyond the world of U.S. celebrities and learn about how globalization has affected and changed pop culture around the world. Pop culture—while a huge part of life in the United States—is a very new idea in many countries. This series will help students to understand not just material culture, but also about daily life in other regions of the world.

The volumes are consistently organized with sections on music, books, movies, television/radio, Internet, sports, video games, and fashion/couture. Each section begins with a general introduction to the topic and is followed by short entries on key ideas, concepts, and people relating to that topic.

This series allows students to examine the stars, idols, and fads of other countries, thereby providing readers with an understanding of the globalization of pop culture—even showing students the birth, rise, and growing influence of pop culture in more developing worlds.
Author Info

Juliana Tzvetkova, PhD, is professor of communication and language studies at Centennial College in Canada. Her published works include Culture Smart! Bulgaria and contributions to ABC-CLIO's Etiquette and Taboo Around the World: Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.

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