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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
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Somewhere along the way to guru-dom, Malcolm Gladwell got tagged as a business writer. Fair enough — The Tipping Point speaks more powerfully to the principles of succesful marketing than any pedestrian semester in the classroom. But while raves from... (read more)

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Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
by Dick Hebdige
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'Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style is so important: complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content. Hebdige ...] is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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New York Times Bestseller,   With a New Afterword “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours... (read more)

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Practices of Looking : an Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
Practices of Looking : an Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
by Marita Sturken
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Visual culture is central to how we communicate. Our lives are dominated by images and by visual technologies that allow for the local and global circulation of ideas, information, and politics. In this increasingly visual world, how can we best decipher... (read more)

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Popular Culture : Reader (05 Edition)
Popular Culture : Reader (05 Edition)
by Raiford A. Guins
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</p> <p>A comprehensive collection of classic and contemporary writings on popular culture to explain and inspire!</p> <p></p> <p>Popular Culture: A Reader helps students understand the pervasive role of popular... (read more)

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Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
by Marita Sturken
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Ideal for students studying visual culture for the first time, Practices of Looking explores the ways we use and understand images. Truly interdisciplinary, this comprehensive and engaging introduction can be used in courses across a range of disciplines... (read more)

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Consumer Society Reader (00 Edition)
Consumer Society Reader (00 Edition)
by Juliet B. (ed.) Schor
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A unique and definitive read on our "national passion"--buying stuff--and its consequences for American society, this landmark work of social criticism is sure to become the standard book on the subject.... (read more)

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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
by Lawrence Weschler
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A nondescript storefront operation in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Jurassic Technology actually exists — that may be the only thing about it that is for certain. The creation of David Wilson, a man of prodigiously unusual imagination, the... (read more)

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Father and Son
Father and Son
by Larry Brown
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A classic story of good and evil set in the rural American South of 1968.... (read more)

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Twilight of American Culture (00 Edition)
Twilight of American Culture (00 Edition)
by Morris Berman
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A prophetic examination of Western decline, The Twilight of American Culture provides one of the most caustic and surprising portraits of American society to date. Whether examining the corruption at the heart of modern politics, the "Rambification" of... (read more)

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Six Myths of Our Time : Little Angels, Little Monsters, Beautiful Beasts, and More (94 Edition)
Six Myths of Our Time : Little Angels, Little Monsters, Beautiful Beasts, and More (94 Edition)
by Marina Warner
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Is Jurassic Park a work of covert misogynist propaganda? Does romanticizing childhood lead to abusing children? What secret correspondence links Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to video games and Shakespeare's Caliban to Hannibal Lecter? in what ways do our... (read more)

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Writing about as Pop Culture
Writing about as Pop Culture
by John Alberti
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This new text examines how students are communicating and creating culture through blogs, MySpace pages, texting, and other high-tech means of expression. Alberti engages student interest and provides tools for students to more effectively analyze texts... (read more)

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The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink
The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink
by Mark Dery
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From the far left to the far right, on talk radio and the op-ed page, more and more Americans believe that the social fabric is unraveling. Celebrity worship and media frenzy, suicidal cultists and heavily armed secessionists: modern life seems to have... (read more)

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End of the World as We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America
End of the World as We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America
by Daniel Wojcik
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Collected for the first time, the essays that comprise Embedded With Organized Labor present a unique and informed perspective on the class war at home from a longtime organizer and "participatory labor journalist." Steve Early tackles the most pressing... (read more)

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Everybody into the Pool: True Tales
Everybody into the Pool: True Tales
by Beth Lisick
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Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted in her parents' Leave It to Beaver values... (read more)

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The Secret Parts of Fortune: Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms
The Secret Parts of Fortune: Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms
by Ron Rosenbaum
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One part intellectual and one part private eye, Ron Rosenbaum takes readers into "the secret parts" of the great mysteries, controversies, and enigmas of our time, including:the occult rituals of Skull and Bones, the legendary Yale secret society that... (read more)

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Refried Elvis : the Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (99 Edition)
Refried Elvis : the Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (99 Edition)
by Eric Zolov
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From the arrival of Elvis in Mexico during the 1950s to the emergence of a full-blown counterculture movement by the late 1960s and into the 70s, Zolov uses rock to illuminate Mexican history. Zolov shows rock music as a commodity, with influences shaped... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation (12 Edition)
Fast Food Nation (12 Edition)
by Eric Schlosser
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New York Times Bestseller,   With a New Afterword “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours... (read more)

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman
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Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.... (read more)

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Youth Culture 101 (07 Edition)
Youth Culture 101 (07 Edition)
by Scott Mueller
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Ideal for parents and youth ministry workers, this resource offers help in better understanding media and music that matter to teens, the pressures they face, struggles with substance abuse and depression, teenage faith, and much more.... (read more)

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