Transformations: Identity Construction in the Contemporary Culture

Transformations: Identity Construction in the Contemporary Culture

by Grant David McCracken
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253219574

ISBN-13: 9780253219572

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Self reinvention has become a preoccupation of contemporary culture. In the last decade, Hollywood made a 500-million-dollar bet on this idea with movies such as Multiplicity, Fight Club, eXistenZ, and Catch Me If You Can. Self reinvention marks the careers of Madonna, Ani DiFranco, Martha Stewart, and Robin Williams. The Nike ads of LeBron James, the experiments

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Self reinvention has become a preoccupation of contemporary culture. In the last decade, Hollywood made a 500-million-dollar bet on this idea with movies such as Multiplicity, Fight Club, eXistenZ, and Catch Me If You Can. Self reinvention marks the careers of Madonna, Ani DiFranco, Martha Stewart, and Robin Williams. The Nike ads of LeBron James, the experiments of New Age spirituality, the mores of contemporary teen culture, and the obsession with "extreme makeovers" are all examples of our culture's fixation with change. In a time marked by plenitude, transformation is one of the few things these parties have in common.

Although transformation is widely acknowledged as a defining characteristic of our culture, we have almost no studies on what it is or how it works. Transformations offers the first comprehensive and systematic view. It is an ethnography of the contemporary world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219572
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Sightings
Preface: Entertainment Is Dead, Long Live Transformation
Introduction

Section 1. Self-Transformation in a Popular Culture
Section 2. Traditional Transformations
Section 3. Status Transformations
Section 4. Modern Transformations
Section 5. Postmodern Transformations
Conclusion

Appendix: The Argument in a Single Page
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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