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The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves
The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves
by Curtis White
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Acclaimed social critic Curtis White describes an all-encompassing and little-noticed force taking over our culture and our lives that he calls the Middle Mind: the current failure of the American imagination in the media, politics, education, art... (read more)

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Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
by Nichol Mirzoeff
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An Introduction to Visual Culture provides a wide-ranging introduction to the now established interdisciplinary field of visual culture. Mapping a global history and theory of visual culture, An Introduction to Visual Culture asks how and why visual... (read more)

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A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives
A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives
by Alia Malek
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The history of Arab settlement in the United States stretches back nearly as far as the history of America itself. For the first time, Alia Malek brings this history to life. In each of eleven spellbinding chapters, she inhabits the voice and life of one... (read more)

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The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
by John Zogby
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According to super pollster John Zogby, whom the Washington Post calls "the maverick predictor," the conventional wisdom about the United States — that we're isolated from the world, politically fragmented, and inclined toward material pleasure... (read more)

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Disney Discourse : Producing the Magic Kingdom (94 Edition)
Disney Discourse : Producing the Magic Kingdom (94 Edition)
by Eric (ed.) Smoodin
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Taking the seemingly gentle innocence of a "beloved" national icon, as well as forms of entertainment - theme parks, cartoons, and television - the essays examine the broader issues raised by analysis: the global impact of American popular culture, the... (read more)

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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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American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity (03 Edition)
American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity (03 Edition)
by Allan Carlson
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The United States of America is arguably more family-centered than any other Western nation. If polling data can be trusted, the vast majority of Americans--a higher percentage than in any other nation--would rather build society around the family and... (read more)

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Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture (98 Edition)
Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture (98 Edition)
by Dolores (ed.) Martinez
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This is a lively discussion of Japanese popular culture from an anthropological perpective. An international team of authors considers a broad range of topics, including sumo, karaoke, manga, women's magazines, soccer and morning television. Through... (read more)

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Sign of the Burger : Mcdonald's and the Culture of Power (02 Edition)
Sign of the Burger : Mcdonald's and the Culture of Power (02 Edition)
by Joe L. Kincheloe
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"I didn't want to remain a hick from the mountains... In my cultural naivete I saw McDonald's as a place somehow where modern culture capital could be dispensed. Keeping these memories in mind as years later I monitored scores of conversations about the... (read more)

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Artificial Kingdom
Artificial Kingdom
by Celeste Olalquiaga
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From her pet glass-globed hermit crab Rodney to the Victorian era's Crystal Palace, Celeste Olalquiaga offers a meditative look at the origins of kitsch and what kitsch tells us about the conflicts between the real and the artificial, tradition and... (read more)

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Rethinking Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives in Cul
Rethinking Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives in Cul
by Chandra Mukerji
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Rethinking Popular Culture selects some of the best and most important recent work analyzing popular culture. Drawing upon recent developments in cultural theory and the exciting new techniques of critical analysis, the essays in this volume break down... (read more)

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The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History
The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History
by Lawrence W Levine
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The book should have appeal to college courses in black history, American culture, and American history from 1900 to 1945.... (read more)

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Inventing Popular Culture (03 Edition)
Inventing Popular Culture (03 Edition)
by John Storey
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John Storey is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. His publications include Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: Theories and Methods (1996... (read more)

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Real Boys' Voices
Real Boys' Voices
by William S Pollack
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What real boys have to say: "A lot of people use words like 'psycho' or 'wacko' to refer to people who are feeling glum or think they might want to take their own life. I think these sorts of slang terms create further isolation in a teen, and that's not... (read more)

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture (09 Edition)
You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture (09 Edition)
by Lilly J. Goren
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The landmark 2008 presidential and vice presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin brought the role of women in American leadership into sharper focus than ever before. These women and others such as Nancy Pelosi and Katie Couric who are... (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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"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Schlosser observes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry's... (read more)

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Bullspotting (12 Edition)
Bullspotting (12 Edition)
by Collins
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At a time when average citizens are bombarded with false information every day, this entertaining book will prove to be not only a great read but also an indispensable resource. Birthers. Truthers. Moon hoaxers. Antivaxxers. Holocaust deniers. Young... (read more)

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Two Bits (08 Edition)
Two Bits (08 Edition)
by Kelty
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In Two Bits, Christopher M. Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education. Free Software is a set of... (read more)

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American Culture, American Tastes : Social Change and the 20TH Century (99 Edition)
American Culture, American Tastes : Social Change and the 20TH Century (99 Edition)
by Michael Kammen
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In American Culture, American Tastes, Michael Kammen leads us on an entertaining, thought-provoking tour of America's changing tastes, uses of leisure, and the shifting perceptions that have accompanied them throughout our nation's history. Starting at... (read more)

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Art of Democracy : a Concise History of Popular Culture (2ND 02 Edition)
Art of Democracy : a Concise History of Popular Culture (2ND 02 Edition)
by Jim Cullen
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"Cullen's strength comes from his understanding of how the different strands of American society intertwine in imaginative, unpredictable ways ... The shape and vitality of pop culture's next era will depend, at least in part, on commentators like Cullen.... (read more)

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