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Recasting America: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cold War
Recasting America: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cold War
by Lary May
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"The freshness of the authors' approaches . . . is salutary. . . . The collection is stimulating and valuable."—Joan Shelley Rubin, Journal of American... (read more)

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Fair America World's Fairs in the United  States (00 Edition)
Fair America World's Fairs in the United States (00 Edition)
by Robert W. Rydell
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Since their inception with New York's Crystal Palace Exhibition in the mid-nineteenth century, world's fairs have introduced Americans to “exotic” pleasures such as belly dancing and the Ferris Wheel; pathbreaking technologies such as... (read more)

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Nightmare on Main Street : Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic (97 Edition)
Nightmare on Main Street : Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic (97 Edition)
by Mark Edmundson
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Once we've terrified ourselves reading Anne Rice or Stephen King, watching Halloween or following the O. J. Simpson trial, we can rely on the comfort of our inner child or Robert Bly's bongos, an angel, or even a crystal. In a brilliant assessment of... (read more)

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Mirror on America (5TH 12 Edition)
Mirror on America (5TH 12 Edition)
by Joan T. Mims
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Mirror on America meets students where they are right now. Whether they have lived in America all their lives or have only just arrived, they can consider themselves experts in pop culture. After all, they participate in it every day. Brief... (read more)

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Icons of American Popular Culture (10 Edition)
Icons of American Popular Culture (10 Edition)
by Robert C. Cottrell
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This appealing book traces the evolution of American popular culture over the past two centuries. In ten... (read more)

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Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society (10 Edition)
Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society (10 Edition)
by David Grazian
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What accounts for the rise and fall of popular cultural trends? Why do A-list movie stars make so much money? How do television networks decide what programs to air? Do video games encourage violent behavior among young people, or do they make users... (read more)

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Your Call Is Important To Us (05 Edition)
Your Call Is Important To Us (05 Edition)
by Penny
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Taking no prisoners, the author disembowels the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s. She skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills, sparing no one and nothing.... (read more)

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Blood Read : the Vampire As Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (97 Edition)
Blood Read : the Vampire As Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (97 Edition)
by Joan (ed.) Gordon
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The vampire is one of the nineteenth century's most powerful surviving archetypes, owing largely to Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Dracula, the Bram Stoker creation. Yet the figure of the vampire has undergone many transformations in recent years, thanks to... (read more)

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Growing Up with Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream
Growing Up with Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream
by Carole Kismaric
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They're back! Growing Up with Dick and Jane reunites us with two old friends, Dick and Jane, who, for forty years, taught so many of us to read. Here's the all American brother and sister team. Look! It's Dick, in his striped polo shirts and shorts... (read more)

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Afterburn (05 Edition)
Afterburn (05 Edition)
by Gilmore
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Stories of the counterculture event that brings together thousands each year for a weeklong spasm of self-expression in the Nevada desert.... (read more)

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Everyday Culture : Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World (08 Edition)
Everyday Culture : Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World (08 Edition)
by David Trend
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In this book, David Trend challenges the assumption that mass media is all-powerful and that art and culture exist only in museums while having little to do with everyday life. In doing so, the book discusses the role of media culture in understandings... (read more)

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In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification
In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification
by Victoria Pitts
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TThe 1990s saw the dramatic rise of spectacular forms of body modification, which included the tattoo renaissance and the rise in body piercing, the emergence of neo-tribal practices like scarification and flesh hanging, and the invention of new, high... (read more)

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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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Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
by Greg Critser
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Today Americans are the fattest people on the face of the earth (save for the inhabitants of a few South Seas islands). About 61 percent of Americans are overweight. This book shows how and why Americans got that way.... (read more)

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Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge-And Why We Must
Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge-And Why We Must
by Kalle Lasn
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America is no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar brand, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers". The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (P.S.)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (P.S.)
by Eric Schlosser
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To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our... (read more)

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The Uses of Cultural Studies
The Uses of Cultural Studies
by Angela Mcrobbie
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'What McRobbie manages to do so skilfully is to show how each [author], regardless of his or her particular disciplinary location, makes a significant contribution to the project of cultural studies. It should be essential reading for students studying... (read more)

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Popular Film and Television Comedy (90 Edition)
Popular Film and Television Comedy (90 Edition)
by Steve Neale
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Steve Neale and Frank Krutnik take as their starting point the remarkable diversity of comedy's forms and modes - feature-length narratives, sketches and shorts, sit-com and variety, slapstick and romance. Relating this diversity to the variety of comedy'... (read more)

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Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture
Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture
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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Advertising and Popular Culture (96 Edition)
Advertising and Popular Culture (96 Edition)
by Jib Fowles
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Advertising has permeated our popular culture as much as any other aspect of the media. This comprehensive text provides a balanced analysis of advertising - as a business practice and as a creator of symbolic environments. The critique reflects current... (read more)

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