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This concise and insightful book examines the way that American movies, music, and television-as goods marketed and consumed around the world-are key elements of contemporary globalization. Lane Crothers offers a nuanced exploration of these influential cultural products and their contradictory impact: in some cases promoting a desire for integration into the broader world community, in others generating disgust and outright rejection. The author explains the meaning of "popular culture," how it should be distinguished from the generic concept of "culture," and what makes a particular artifact a manifestation of "American" popular culture. Tracing how U.S. film, music, and television became globally dominant, Crothers considers the contemporary scope and impact of American popular culture in world affairs. He also presents a fascinating set of case studies that highlight the varied role American popular culture plays in influencing the experience of globalization in different nations and communities. Concluding with a projection of the future influence of American popular media, this book makes a powerful argument for its central role in shaping global politics and economic development.

About the Author:
Lane Crothers is professor of politics and government at Illinois State University

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Editorial Reviews

Global Media Studies
In crisp and accessible language, the author distills central arguments in the study of global media and popular culture in their overlapping national and global political-economic context and legal-regulatory environments, often with a historical perspective.
Linda Datcher Loury
This book presents an in-depth and nuanced analysis of the role of American popular culture in shaping globalization. It nicely balances discussions of the unifying components of cultural globalization with the equally insistent pressures toward fragmentation. Such an analysis is a necessary complement to the more prevalent studies of international trade and economic globalization in order to understand interactions between individuals and nations today.
Kema Irogbe
A lucidly written piece of work.
Paula D. McClain
In a deeply textured and solidly researched book, Lane Crothers identifies the connections among American popular culture, the global reach of the U.S. movie industry, and the ability of films and television to transmit images, often conflicting, of the values of American society. Moreover, there is circularity in the process because the context of American popular culture can shape the content of American popular culture in films and television programs. This is an important book that contributes much to our understanding of the reach of American popular culture and the processes that create it. A must-read!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541399
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Series: Globalization Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Lane Crothers is professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
American Popular Culture and Globalization     1
Understanding Culture, Popular Culture, and American Culture     5
Anthropological Culture     6
Popular Culture     8
"American" Popular Culture     11
Grasping Globalization     15
Economic Globalization and American Popular Culture     16
Political Globalization and American Popular Culture     20
Cultural Globalization and American Popular Culture     22
The Global Scope of American Popular Culture     29
The Popular Culture Machine in the Global Era     29
The Development of the American Popular Culture Industry     35
A Brief History of the Movie Industry     37
A Brief History of the Recording Industry     41
A Brief History of the Television Industry     47
Movies, Music, and Television from the USA to the World     55
"American" Popular Culture     65
Popular Culture and the Nation-State     66
American Civic Culture and American Popular Culture I     67
American Civic Culture and American Popular Culture II     73
American Movies     73
Titanic: Classand the American Dream     73
The Patriot: Extraordinary Individuals and the Making of Liberty     76
Blade Runner: The Emptiness of Consumer Capitalism     78
American Television     80
The Universe of Star Trek and the Universe According to Star Trek     81
The West Wing and the Democratic Experiment     83
Max Headroom and the Dark Side of Consumer Capitalism     84
American Music     86
Deconstructing Britney Spears     86
The Making of Garth Brooks     89
Tupac Shakur and the Making of a Rap Archetype     92
Formulas in American Popular Culture     94
Globalization, Fragmegration, and American Popular Culture     109
Global Law and American Popular Culture     109
American Popular Culture and Fragmegration in Four Countries     118
Fragmegration and American Popular Culture in Iran     119
Fragmegration and American Popular Culture in France     124
Fragmegration and American Popular Culture in Venezuela     129
Fragmegration and American Popular Culture in Hong Kong     132
American Popular Culture and the Future of Globalization     137
Cultural Responses to Change     138
Hybridity, Cultural Change, and American Popular Culture     142
Glocalization, Cultural Change, and American Popular Culture     146
The Future of American Popular Culture and Globalization     149
Notes     159
Recommended Readings     169
Index     177
About the Author     189
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