Co-opting Culture: Culture and Power in Sociology and Cultural Studies

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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,...

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Overview

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: 9780739125984
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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

Preface Stjepan Mestrovic vii

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Theory

1 Defrocking the "High Priest of Modernity:" Anthony Giddens and the Misappropriation of Trust in Radical Modernity Keith Kerr Xi Chen 3

2 Power, Culture, and Hegemony: A Theoretical Exploration of Gesellschaft B. Garrick Harden 17

3 The Unicorn is Dead: Postmodernism, Consumption, and the Production of the "Self" Ryan Ashley Caldwell 43

4 Some Brief Notes toward a Labor-Based Theory of Culture Robert Carley 63

Part 2 Gender and Sexuality

5 Gender Queer Productions and the Bridge of Cultural Legitimacy: "Realness" and "Identity" in Paris is Burning Ryan Ashley Caldwell 77

6 Ambiguity Will Not Stand: An Exploratory Study of Transsexuality, and the Intimate Relationship between Sex, Race, Technology, Nature, and the "Nature" of Desire Robert Carley 91

Part 3 Globalization

7 Inter(sex)tions: Gender, Culture, and Globalization Wendy A. Burns-Ardolino 107

8 Popular Classes and Neoliberalism: The Practices of Television Mediators in Argentina Pablo Castagno 127

9 Modernity, Development, Hegemony: Social Change and Ethnic Assimilation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Jesse A. Garcia 155

10 "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 Expendition Christopher M. Sutch 169

Part 4 Popular Culture

11 Racial Determinism and the Interlocking Economies of Power and Violence in Dungeons and Dragons Ilan Mitchell-Smith 207

12 Heebsters: Community and identity (Re)construction of Urban Jewish Hipsters Marcus Aldredge 225

13 In Blog We Trust-An Antiphon B. Garrick Harden 251

14 Conspicuous Charity Lindsay Anderson 273

Index 309

About the Contributors 313

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