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From the Publisher"[Smith] touches on a multitude of areas of everyday life in Spainand, as an antidote to the pessimism of theorising aboutglobalization, offers a passionate view of the distinctiveness ofmodern Spanish culture."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"Admirably clear, this book should attract interested generalreaders as well as the more obvious academic audience."
British Bulletin of Publications on Latin america, theCaribbean, Portugal and Spain
"Paul Julian Smith's work is indispensable to the fields of filmstudies and
Spanish cultural studies. Impressive in its range and specificity,this book weaves together cultural theory with detailed studies of Spanishtelevision,
male fashion, visual arts and film."
Emilie L. Bergmann, University of California atBerkeley
"This is an excellent volume, ranging widely but also deeplyover many lively issues."
Peter Evans, Queen Mary and Westfield,London
"Paul Julian Smith’s new book extends the reach of Spanishcultural studies into uncharted territories: through and beyondcinema and the visual arts to fashion and network television.Steeped in Bourdieu’s studies of cultural distinction, Smithis more cosmopolitan ethnographer than armchair academic as hedevelops a method of thick, layered, and multidisciplinarydescription to explain and analyse the intersection of markets andaesthetics in the production and consumption of sucessful TV drama,independent Catalan cinema or classic masculine fashion."
Kathleen M. Vernon, State University of New York at StonyBrook