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Reinventing Comics
Reinventing Comics
by Scott McCloud
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< P> In 1993, Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture with the acclaimed international hit < I> Understanding Comics< /I> , a massive comic book that explored the inner workings of the worlds most misunderstood art... (read more)

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Authentic Fakes : Religion and American Popular Culture (05 Edition)
Authentic Fakes : Religion and American Popular Culture (05 Edition)
by David Chidester
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Authentic Fakes explores the religious dimensions of American popular culture in unexpected places: baseball, the Human Genome Project, Coca-Cola, rock 'n' roll, the rhetoric of Ronald Reagan, the charisma of Jim Jones, Tupperware, and the free market... (read more)

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Gunfighter Nation (98 Edition)
Gunfighter Nation (98 Edition)
by Richard Slotkin
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Gunfighter Nation completes Richard Slotkins trilogy, begun in Regeneration Through Violence and continued in Fatal Environment, on the myth of the American frontier. Slotkin examines an impressive array of sources - fiction, Hollywood westerns, and the... (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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Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick... (read more)

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Claims To Fame : Celebrity in Contemporary America (94 Edition)
Claims To Fame : Celebrity in Contemporary America (94 Edition)
by Joshua Gamson
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Moving from People magazine to publicists' offices to tours of stars' homes, Joshua Gamson investigates the larger-than-life terrain of American celebrity culture. In the first major academic work since the early 1940s to seriously analyze the meaning of... (read more)

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Danse Macabre (10 Edition)
Danse Macabre (10 Edition)
by Stephen King
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From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the... (read more)

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Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: the Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status (08 Edition)
Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: the Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status (08 Edition)
by Amy C. Wilkins
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On college campuses and in high school halls, being white means being boring. Since whiteness is the mainstream, white kids lack a cultural identity thats exotic or worth flaunting. To remedy this, countless white youths across the country are now... (read more)

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Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
by Hakim Bey
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"Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles, it is an... (read more)

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Culture, Inc. : the Corporate Takeover of Public Expression (89 Edition)
Culture, Inc. : the Corporate Takeover of Public Expression (89 Edition)
by Herbert I. Schiller
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Most Americans take for granted that they live in an open society with a free market of ideas. But as Herbert Schiller reveals in Culture, Inc., the corporate arm has reached into every corner of daily life, and from the shopping mall to the art gallery,... (read more)

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Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium (08 Edition)
Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium (08 Edition)
by Dick Meyer
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Americans are as safe, well fed, securely sheltered, long-lived, free, and healthy as any human beings who have ever lived on the planet. But we are down on America. So why do we hate us? According to Dick Meyer, the following items on this (much... (read more)

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Hop on Pop-PB
Hop on Pop-PB
by Henry Jenkins
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Hop on Pop showcases the work of a new generation of scholars—from fields such as media studies, literature, cinema, and cultural studies—whose writing has been informed by their ongoing involvement with popular culture and who draw insight... (read more)

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Living in the Usa 6TH Edition
Living in the Usa 6TH Edition
by Alison Raymo Lanier
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For short-term visitors to the U.S., this latest edition of Living in the USA offers advice on finding an apartment, doing business, obtaining healthcare, and navigating everything from the bank to the customs line at the airport. Those staying longer... (read more)

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Politics of Culture (00 Edition)
Politics of Culture (00 Edition)
by Gigi Bradford
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A collection of key works in the emerging field of cultural policy.... (read more)

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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the
I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the
by Mike Edison
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“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does .... (read more)

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Secular Scripture (76 Edition)
Secular Scripture (76 Edition)
by Northrop Frye
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Northrop Frye's thinking has had a pervasive impact on contemporary interpretations of our literary and cultural heritage. In his Anatomy of Criticism, a landmark in the history of modern critical theory, he demonstrated his genius for mapping out the... (read more)

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Popular Culture in American History (2ND 13 Edition)
Popular Culture in American History (2ND 13 Edition)
by Jim Cullen
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Introducing almost half a century of the best scholarship on popular culture in the USA, this fully revised second edition has a more focused historical remit, with analysis and primary source material from the 1830s to the present. Each main essay... (read more)

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With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830
With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830
by Leroy Ashby
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Popular culture is a central part of everyday life to many Americans. Personalities such as Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan are more recognizable to many people than are most elected officials. With Amusement for All is the first... (read more)

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Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (03 Edition)
Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (03 Edition)
by Steven Shaviro
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-277), filmography (p. 279) and index.... (read more)

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Popular China: Unoffical Culture in a Globalizing Society
Popular China: Unoffical Culture in a Globalizing Society
by Perry Link
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Using ingenious research methods, the contributors to this book explore the search for meaning among ordinary people in China today. The subjects of these vivid essays span the social spectrum from hip young entrepreneurs to sweatshop workers and... (read more)

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Remix: Reading and Composing Culture (2ND 10 Edition)
Remix: Reading and Composing Culture (2ND 10 Edition)
by Catherine G. Latterell
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With a mix of humor and analysis, a collection of fresh readings, lively assignments, and an enticing design, ReMix is not your ordinary textbook. It asks students to re-examine everyday concepts (such as identity, entertainment, and technology); to... (read more)

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