Study Guide for Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development / Edition 5

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Popular Culture: An Introductory Text provides the means for a new examination of the different faces of the American character in both its historical and contemporary identities. The text is highlighted by a series of extensive introductions to various categories of popular culture and by essays that demonstrate how the methods discussed in the introductions can be applied. This volume is an exciting beginning for the study of the materials of everyday life that define our culture and confirm our individual senses of identity.
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Editorial Reviews

Provides methods, and examples, for studying the breadth of popular culture--from horror movies, soap operas and rap music to racial and gender stereotyping and the American myth of success. Twenty-five essays (previously published in such journals as Journal of Popular Film and The New Republic) by authors such as Barbara Ehrenreich, David Samuels and Jane Caputi, some of which give bibliographic information. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $23.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321750914
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Getting to Know Us: An Introduction to the Study of Popular Culture: What is this Stuff that Dreams are Made Of? 1
Sect. 1 Taking Popular Culture Seriously: Seeing What We've Said: The Top Ten American Box-Office Hits Taken Seriously 37
How Much Can You Swallow? 55
New Legends for Old 58
The Cabinet of Dr. Seuss 68
Sect. 2 Songs of the Unseen Road: Myths, Beliefs and Values in Popular Culture 81
Four Mortality Tales 110
Culture and Continuity: Three American Myths in the Prints of Currier & Ives 121
The American Myth of Success: Visions and Revisions 134
Endless Love Will Keep Us Together: The Myth of Romantic Love and Contemporary Popular Movie Love Themes 149
Sect. 3 Living in the Material World: The Meaning and Power of Popular Icons 167
For Whom the Bell Tolled 186
The Malling of America 196
"Seen Through Rose-Tinted Glasses": The Barbie Doll in American Society 211
Sect. 4 Breaking the Mold: The Meaning and Significance of Stereotypes in Popular Culture 235
The VALS Typology 245
From the Plantation to Bel-Air: A Brief History of Black Stereotypes 262
Yellow Devil Doctors and Opium Dens: The Yellow Peril Stereotype in Mass Media Entertainment 277
One Size Does Not Fit All: Being Beautiful, Thin and Female in America 292
Sect. 5 Look Up in the Sky! (And Right Next Door): Popular Heroes in America 313
What Makes Superman So Darned American?
Henry Ford: Symbol of an Age 344
The Rap on Rap 353
The Wretched of the Hearth: The Undainty Feminism of Roseanne Arnold 366
Sect. 6 All Together Now: Popular Rituals in America 375
Family Reunion 387
Game Day U.S.A.
The South 392
The Midwest 397
The West 400
Halloween: Rite of Season, Rite of Passage 403
Sect. 7 Would You Repeat That - Please!: The Meaningful Delights of Formula in the Popular Arts 413
The Western 430
Television Soap Opera: "Incest, Bigamy, and Fatal Disease" 445
Monster Movies: A Sexual Theory 463
Magic and Transformation: Relationships in Popular Romance Novels, 1950 to the 1980s 476
Sect. 8 Thirteenth Generation Born: 1961-1981 489
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