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Black Cultural Traffic : Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture (05 Edition)
Black Cultural Traffic : Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture (05 Edition)
by Harry J. Elam
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"A shrewdly designed, generously expansive, timely contribution to our understanding of how 'black' expression continues to define and defy the contours of global (post)modernity. The essays argue persuasively for a transnational ethos binding disparate... (read more)

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Mass Culture in Soviet Russia : Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917-1953 (95 Edition)
Mass Culture in Soviet Russia : Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917-1953 (95 Edition)
by James Von Geldern
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This anthology offers a rich array of documents, short fiction, poems, songs, plays, movie scripts, comic routines, and folklore to offer a close look at the mass culture that was consumed by millions in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1953. Both state... (read more)

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Public Sphere (05 Edition)
Public Sphere (05 Edition)
by Alan Mckee
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What is happening to public debate in Western cultures? Is our public sphere disintegrating? In the face of popular tabloid newspapers, new forms of reality television and an increasing lack of respect for traditional authorities, many critics are... (read more)

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We Gotta Get Outta This Place (92 Edition)
We Gotta Get Outta This Place (92 Edition)
by Lawrence Grossberg
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Bringing together cultural, political and economic analyses, Lawrence Grossberg offers an original and bold interpretation of the contemporary politics of both rock and popular culture.... (read more)

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Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #1: Popular Culture in American History
Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #1: Popular Culture in American History
by Jim Cullen
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Popular Culture in American History collects the most widely cited and important writings on three hundred years of American popular culture. Each of the ten essays serves as a case study of a particular moment, issue, or form of popular culture, from... (read more)

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Popular Culture : Production and Consumption (01 Edition)
Popular Culture : Production and Consumption (01 Edition)
by Lee (ed.) Harrington
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This is a rich collection of contemporary perspectives on how culture is produced and commodified using current examples from music, television, magazines, sports, and advertising. Incorporating a variety of theoretical frameworks, the book addresses, in... (read more)

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Merry Christmas! (00 Edition)
Merry Christmas! (00 Edition)
by Karal Ann Marling
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It wouldn't be Christmas without the "things." How they came to mean so much, and to play such a prominent role in America's central holiday, is the tale told in this delightful and edifying book. In a style characteristically engaging and erudite, Karal... (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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Trigger Happy : Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution (00 Edition)
Trigger Happy : Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution (00 Edition)
by Steven Poole
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The Edge calls "Trigger Happy" a "seminal piece of work". For the first time ever, an aficionado with a knowledge of art, culture, and a real love of gaming takes a critical look at the future of our videogames, and compares their aesthetic and economic... (read more)

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Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
by Stephen King
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Stephen King explores the phenomenon of horror in a century of film, television, radio, and literature. Who better than King to investigate what terrifies his fans?... (read more)

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Production of Culture : Media and the Urban Arts (92 Edition)
Production of Culture : Media and the Urban Arts (92 Edition)
by Diane Crane
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The phrase production of culture' is concerned with how the organizations in which culture is produced and disseminated affect the nature of culture itself. Yet there is no clear consensus on what is meant by this phrase. Crane, in reviewing and... (read more)

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Kinderculture (3RD 11 Edition)
Kinderculture (3RD 11 Edition)
by Shirley R. Steinberg
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This book reveals the profound impact that our purchasing-obsessed culture has on our children and argues that corporate marketing to youth has reshaped the experience of childhood into something that is prefabricated. Top scholars in education... (read more)

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Popular Culture: An Introductory Text
Popular Culture: An Introductory Text
by Jack Nachbar
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Popular Culture: An Introductory Text provides the means for a new examination of the different faces of the American character in both its historical and contemporary identities. The text is highlighted by a series of extensive introductions to various... (read more)

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Prosthetic Memory : Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (04 Edition)
Prosthetic Memory : Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (04 Edition)
by Alison Landsberg
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Instead of compartmentalizing American experience, the technologies of mass culture make it possible for anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender to share collective memories -- to assimilate as personal experience historical events through which... (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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Youthscapes (04 Edition)
Youthscapes (04 Edition)
by George Lipsitz
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Young people, it seems, are both everywhere and nowhere. The media are crowded with images of youth as deviant or fashionable, personifying a society's anxieties and hopes about its own transformation. However, theories of globalization, nationalism, and... (read more)

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Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism
Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism
by James B. Twitchell
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Coke adds life. Just do it. Yo quiero Taco Bell. We live in a commercial age, awash in a sea of brand names, logos, and advertising jingles -- not to mention commodities themselves. Are shoppers merely the unwitting stooges of the greedy producers who... (read more)

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Japan Pop! : Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture (00 Edition)
Japan Pop! : Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture (00 Edition)
by Timothy J. (ed.) Craig
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A fascinating illustrated look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular ballad genre of music), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons, video games, television dramas, films and "idols" -- teenage singers and actors. As... (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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