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Give and Go
Give and Go (March 2008)
Basketball as a Cultural Practice
Thomas Mc Laughlin - Author

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.

From the city courts of Harlem to the church halls of Indiana, pickup basketball culture is intensely local and reflects the histories and identities of its players. In Give and Go, Thomas Mc Laughlin examines how players put into play a loose set of values and ethical styl...(Read More)

 
 
Conspiracy Panics
Conspiracy Panics (February 2008)
Political Rationality and Popular Culture
Jack Z. Bratich - Author

Examines contemporary anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories.

While most other works focus on conspiracy theories, this book examines conspiracy panics, or the anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories. Jack Z. Bratich argues that conspiracy theories are portals into the major social issues defining U.S. and global political culture. These issues include the rise of new technologies, ...(Read More)
 
 
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization (January 2008)
The Specter of Vietnam
William V. Spanos - Author

Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.

In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers—Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O’Brien—whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particular...(Read More)
 
 
Edible Ideologies
Edible Ideologies (January 2008)
Representing Food and Meaning
Kathleen LeBesco - Editor
Peter Naccarato - Editor

Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.

Edible Ideologies argues that representations of food—in literature and popular fiction, cookbooks and travel guides, war propaganda, women’s magazines, television and print advertisements—are not just about nourishment or pleasure. Contributors explore how these various modes of representation, reflecting pre...(Read More)
 
 
Decadent Culture in the United States
Decadent Culture in the United States (November 2007)
Art and Literature against the American Grain, 1890-1926
David Weir - Author

The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.

Decadent Culture in the United States traces the development of the decadent movement in America from its beginnings in the 1890s to its brief revival in the 1920s. During the fin de siècle, many Americans felt the nation had entered a period of decline since the frontier had ended and the country’s “manifest de...(Read More)

 
 
In-Between Bodies
In-Between Bodies (October 2007)
Sexual Difference, Race, and Sexuality
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo - Author

Connects theories of sexual difference to race and queer theories through a focus on “in-between” bodies.

Residing between culture and nature, lived bodies are not fixed objects nor biological givens. In-Between Bodies examines “the body” in light of recent work in sexual difference theory and considers contributions provided by sexual difference frameworks, as well as their limits. Ad...(Read More)
 
 
The American Protest Essay and National Belonging
The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (October 2007)
Addressing Division
Brian Norman - Author

Explores the role of the literary protest essay in addressing social divisions in the United States.

The American Protest Essay and National Belonging uncovers a rich tradition of essays by writers who also serve as spokespersons for American social movements throughout the nation’s history. Brian Norman demonstrates that the American protest essay is a distinct form that draws from both the European-bo...(Read More)
 
 
The Dynamic Individualism of William James
The Dynamic Individualism of William James (October 2007)
James O. Pawelski - Author

Explores James’s concept of the individual in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and religion

The Dynamic Individualism of William James analyzes James’s rich and complex thought through an examination of his individualism. A central theme of James’s writings, individualism underlies his basic views on freedom, society, government, psychology, education, religion, pragmatism, an...(Read More)
 
 
Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul
Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul (September 2007)
Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom
Christa Davis Acampora - Editor
Angela L. Cotten - Editor

Explores the theme of aesthetic agency and its potential for social and political progress.

Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul explores innovative approaches to analyzing cultural productions through which women of color have challenged and undermined social and political forces that work to oppress them. Emphasizing art-making practices that emerge out of and reflect concrete lived experience, leading contributo...(Read More)
 
 
Why Community Matters
Why Community Matters (August 2007)
Connecting Education with Civic Life
Nicholas V. Longo - Author

Provides a fresh perspective on the undeniable relationship between education reform and democratic revitalization.           

Providing a new perspective on the undeniable relationship between education reform and democratic revitalization, Nicholas V. Longo uncovers and examines practical models in which communities play an essential role in teaching the ar...(Read More)
 
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