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Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations: American Culture in Western Europe and Japan / Edition 1
     

Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations: American Culture in Western Europe and Japan / Edition 1

by Heide Fehrenbach, Uta G. Poiger
 

ISBN-10: 1571811087

ISBN-13: 9781571811080

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

American culture has been one of the most controversial exports of the United States: greeted with enthusiasm by some, with hostility by others. Yet, few societies escape its influence. However, not all changes should be interpreted simply as "Americanization." The shaping of the postwar world has been much more complex than this term implies as is shown in

Overview

American culture has been one of the most controversial exports of the United States: greeted with enthusiasm by some, with hostility by others. Yet, few societies escape its influence. However, not all changes should be interpreted simply as "Americanization." The shaping of the postwar world has been much more complex than this term implies as is shown in this volume that explores the links between Americanization and modernity in Western Europe and Japan. In considering the impact of products and images ranging from movies and music to fashion and architecture, a multi-disciplinary group of contributors asks how American culture has been employed internationally in the articulation of postwar identities - be they national or subnational,socially sanctioned or socially transgressive. Their essays on France, Italy, Germany and Japan move beyond the simple paradigms of colonization and democratic modernization, yet retain a sensitivity to the asymmetries in the postwar power relationships between these countries and the United States. An extensive introduction historically locates changing interpretations of American influences abroad and suggests the problems and promises of "Americanization" as an analytical tool. Its comparative focus and interdisciplinary scope will appeal to a wide range of students and scholars of cold war and post-cold war history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571811080
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Americanization Reconsidered

Heide Fehrenbach and Uta G. Poiger

PART I: TWENTIETH-CENUTRY MODERNITIES

Chapter 1. America in the German Imagination

Mary Nolan

Chapter 2. Comparative Anti-Americanism in Western Europe

David W. Ellwood

Chapter 3. Surface Above All? American Influence on Japanese

Botond Bognar

PART II: DRAWING CULTURAL BOUNDARIES, FORGING THE NATIONAL

Chapter 4. Persistent Myths of Americanization: German Reconstruction and the Renationalization of Postwar Cinema, 1945-1965

Heide Fehrenbach

Chapter 5. No More Song and Dance: French Radio Broadcast Quotas, Chansons, and Cultural Exceptions

James Petterson

PART III: TRANSNATIONAL STYLINGS: AMERICAN MUSIC AND THE POLITICS OF IDENTITY

Chapter 6. American Music, Cold War Liberalism, and German Identities

Uta G. Poiger

Chapter 7. Jukebox Boys: Postwar Italian Music and the Culture of Covering

Franco Minganti

Chapter 8. The Social Production of Difference: Imitation and Authenticity in Japanese Rap Music

Ian Condry

PART IV: DE-ESSENTIALIZING "AMERICA" AND THE "NATIVE"

Chapter 9. Learning from America: Postwar Urban Recovery in West Germany

Peter Krieger

Chapter 10. The French Cinema and Hollywood: A Case Study of Americanization

Richard F. Kuisel

Chapter 11. Waiting for Godzilla: Chaotic Negotiations between Post-Orientalism and Hyper-Occidentalism

Takayuki Tatsumi

Select Bibliography

Index

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