Co-Opting Culture

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Co-opting Culture: Culture and Power in Sociology and Cultural Studies represents a collection of new scholarship on culture from the social sciences and from work done under the rubric of "cultural studies". Working from the idea that Sociology and Cultural Studies have developed distinct and valuable toolkits for understanding culture, the editors have brought together a collection of essays that address the ways in which the cultures around race, sex, and gender are mediated through or intersect with politics, society, and economy. Some essays deal directly with the theoretical nature of this mediation, while others adopt these theoretical approaches to investigate specific cultural objects or communities. In doing so, these essays call attention to the particularities of form that constitute a kind of cultural logic around the objects under consideration.

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Editorial Reviews

John J. McDermott
This book is a rich and thick version of a 'new wave' in Sociology. In short, these sharp, very informed diagnoses of the parochial, reveal deep philosophical themes, rendered throughout with critical worry. Keep your eye on Harden, Carley, and their contributing colleagues
Kristi M. Wilson
A unique, cross-disciplinary exploration of social institutions on the postmodern landscape. This book will unsettle those who cling to the integrity of the modern subject and find comfort in its time-honored institutions.
Ellen L. Gorman
The best feature of this book is its depth in terms of an examination, via various voices and texts, of the constructs of culture and power in a very contemporary schematic sense. The arguments range from real subtlety to a more strident tone, but all have much to offer in terms of new knowledge and thinking on these issues. They will, undoubtedly, stimulate and incite various readers to question and evaluate these and other texts in very productive ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739125977
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

B. Garrick Harden is visiting assistant professor of sociology at Lamar University. Robert Carley is a graduate lecturer in sociology at Texas A&M University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Forward Part 2 Part 1: Theory Chapter 3 Defrocking the "High Priest of Modernity": Giddens, Erickson, and Agency Chapter 4 Power, Culture, and Hegemony: A Theoretical Exploration of Gesellschaft Chapter 5 The Unicorn is Dead: Postmodernism, Consumption, and the Production of the "Self" Chapter 6 Some Brief Notes Toward a Labor-Based Theory of Culture Part 7 Part 2: Gender and Sexuality Chapter 8 Gender Queer Productions and the Bridge of Cultural Legitimacy: "Realness" and "Identity" in Paris is Burning Chapter 9 Ambiguity Will Not Stand: An Exploratory Study of Transsexuality, and the Intimate Relationship between Sex, Race, Technology, Nature, and the "Nature" of Desire Part 10 Part 3: Globalization Chapter 11 Inter(sex)tions: Gender, Culture, and Globalization Chapter 12 Between Neighborhoods and Power: The Mediation of Joy by Argentinean "TV Conductors" Chapter 13 Modernity, Development, Hegemony: Social Change and Ethnic Assimilation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Chapter 14 "Like the Wildest Creation of a Dream": Dialectics, Visualization Technologies, and Aesthetics in the Writings of Francis Younghusband, George Mallory, and the Members of the 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition Part 15 Part 4: Popular Culture Chapter 16 Racial Determinism in the Narrative Setting of Dungeons and Dragons Chapter 17 Heebsters: Community and Identity (Re)construction of Urban Jewish Hipsters Chapter 18 In Blog We Trust: An Antiphon Chapter 19 Conspicuous Charity

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