9/11 in American Culture / Edition 240

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In response to the events following September 11, a number of leading cultural studies and interpretive qualitative researchers write from their own experiences and hearts. Their essays—by noted scholars Kellner, Fine, McLaren, Richardson, Denzin, Giroux and others—are collected in this volume, and were written in crisis within days and weeks of September 11. The immediacy of their writing is refreshing, and reflects the varied emotional and critical responses that bring meaning to this cataclysmal event. From the poetic to the personal, the theoretical to the historical, these contributions represent intelligent and reflective responses to crises like 9/11. This unique collection of essays represents a selfless act of sharing by poets and professors who tell us how they made sense of these tragic events, and predicts what the place of the humanities and the social sciences might hold in an age of terror. Lachrymal and elegiac, their words will stay with us for years to come. The articles were originally published in the journals Qualitative Inquiry and Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759103504
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Crossroads in Qualitative Inquiry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman K. Denzin is professor of sociology and communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-editor of The Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2/e, co-editor of Qualitative Inquiry, editor of Cultural Studies—Critical Methodologies, and series editor of Studies in Symbolic Interaction. Yvonna S. Lincoln is professor of education at Texas A&M University. She is the co-author of Effective Evaluation, Naturalistic Inquiry, and Fourth Generation Evaluation, the editor of Organizational Theory and Inquiry, the co-editor of the newly-released Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition, and co-editor of the international journal, Qualitative Inquiry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 9/11 in American Culture
Pt. I 9/11 as Event
Ch. 1 "Blood", "Under the World, 9/22/01" 2
Ch. 2 Terrorism and the Fate of Democracy After September 11th 4
Ch. 3 September 11, Terrorism, and Blowback 9
Ch. 4 The Dialectics of Terrorism: A Marxist Response to September 11 21
Ch. 5 Cultural Studies, Immanent War, Everyday Life 41
Ch. 6 What Relevance Cultural Studies Post-September 11th? 44
Pt. II 9/11 as Narrative, Poetics, and Personal Stories
Ch. 7 "One Face in the Crowd," "Aftermath" 50
Ch. 8 Posts Post September 11 52
Ch. 9 The Mourning After 55
Ch. 10 Grief in an Appalachian Register 63
Ch. 11 Listening to the Heartbeat of New York: Writings on the Wall 67
Ch. 12 Relationships-Responsibilities, Once Removed and Ever Connected 87
Ch. 13 Some Thoughts on Recovery 93
Ch. 14 What is Over? Ruminations From One Who Has Already Lived Through Another September 11 95
Ch. 15 What Will We Tell the Children? 99
Ch. 16 Small World 101
Ch. 17 Week Four 104
Ch. 18 Drawing a Line in the Fog 107
Ch. 19 Policing the Porous: Electronic Civil Disobedience after 9/11 111
Ch. 20 Thank the Lord, It's a War to End all Wars ... Or, How I Learned to Suspend Critical Judgment and Love the Bomb 114
Ch. 21 Coming Apart at the Seam 117
Ch. 22 9/11, Iran, and Americans' Knowledge of the U.S. Role in the World 120
Ch. 23 French Fries, Fezzes, and Minstrels: the Hollywoodization of Islam 123
Ch. 24 The WTC Image Complex: A Critical View on a Culture of the Shifting Image 129
Ch. 25 After 9/11: Thinking About the Global, Thinking About Postcolonial 134
Ch. 26 Working It Through: Interpretive Sociology After 9/11/01 140
Ch. 27 Higher Education and September 11th 142
Ch. 28 George Bush, Apocalypse Sometime Soon, and the American Imperium 147
Ch. 29 The "Axis of Evil," Operation Infinite War, and Bush's Attacks on Democracy 153
Ch. 30 September 11 and the Global Implications of Interpretive Inquiry 157
Ch. 31 A Time for Butterflies and Salmon 160
Ch. 32 The Heart of the Matter 162
Ch. 33 September 11, 2001: Changing the Ways of the World 165
Ch. 34 Tenets of Terror 168
Ch. 35 Alone and Together: A Reflection for Qualitative Inquiry on the Terror Attack 170
Ch. 36 Educating Students from Abroad: Possibilities for Peace and Research 172
Pt. III Living in the Present
Ch. 37 War Games 176
Ch. 38 Thoughts Beyond Fear 178
Ch. 39 Love Survives 180
Ch. 40 Take No Chances 188
Ch. 41 Show Me a Sign 194
Ch. 42 A Walk in the Olive Grove 198
Ch. 43 From Sea to Shining Sea: Stories, Counterstories, and the Discourse of Patriotism 201
Ch. 44 Fieldnotes from Our War Zone: Living in America During the Aftermath of September Eleventh 204
Ch. 45 What Kind of Mother ...? An Ethnographic Short Story 218
Ch. 46 Poetry 224
Ch. 47 Happy 226
Ch. 48 9/11, Who are We? 229
Ch. 49 The Death of Ordinariness: Living, Learning, and Relating in the Age of Anxiety 232
Ch. 50 Democracy and the Politics of Terrorism: Community, Fear, and the Supression of Dissent 244
Ch. 51 It's Your World, I'm Just trying to Explain It: Understanding Our Epistemological and Methodological Challenges 252
Ch. 52 9/11 & The Poetics of Complicity: A Love Poem for a Hurt Nation 259
Afterword: Marching Orders for a Divided Nation, Renewed Commitment for an Engaged Social Science 272
App. A Post-9/11 Timeline 277
App. B September 11 Web Resources 281
About the Editors 283
Credits 285
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