Globalization and American Popular Culture

Globalization and American Popular Culture

by Lane Crothers
     
 

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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

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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

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442214958
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2012
Series:
Globalization Series
Edition description:
3rd Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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

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