Download This Is Not a President: Sense, Nonsense, and the American by Diane Rubenstein PDF

By Diane Rubenstein

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In This isn't really a President, Diane Rubenstein appears to be like on the postmodern presidency — from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, during the present management, and together with Hillary. targeting these probably inexplicable gaps or blind spots in fresh American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, pop culture, and presidential habit to clarify profound and aggravating adjustments within the American presidency and how it embodies a countrywide imaginary.

In a chain of essays written in genuine time over the last 4 presidential administrations, Rubenstein strains the vernacular use of the yankee presidency (as forex, as grist for renowned biography, as fictional television fabric) to discover the ways that the yank presidency features as a “transitional item” that permits the yankee citizen to satisfy or realize the president whereas going approximately her way of life. The ebook argues that it truly is French thought — basically Lacanian psychoanalysis and the unconventional semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard — that most sensible debts for American political lifestyles this day. via episodes as different as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican conference, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq struggle, This isn't a President brilliantly situates our collective funding in American political culture.

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Download Social Capital in America: Counting Buried Treasure by Brian J Jones PDF

By Brian J Jones

within the wake of Robert Putnam's bestselling ebook "Bowling Alone," media and well known opinion usually contend that American society is wasting its harmony. In an period of tradition wars, deep political divisions, and all-consuming family applied sciences, are we wasting our connections with each other? Is American society falling apart?Not in accordance with this new publication, which pulls upon popular nationwide surveys to bare a really assorted photo. Jones' poignant learn of social capital in the US explores present traits encompassing relatives lifestyles, paintings, social networks, and extra. he's capable of convey unbelievable correlations: those that such a lot use the net usually tend to perform voluntary companies; and so on. In vigorous prose with easy-to-read charts, Jones counters the present myths of yank Society via confronting them with the voices of usa citizens, their attitudes and behaviors, and the evidence in their day-by-day lives.

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Download Kabarett 1968 in der BRD (German Edition) by Tatjana Böttger PDF

By Tatjana Böttger

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2008 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Medien, Kunst, Musik, observe: 1,3, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Sprache: Deutsch, summary: Selten stand das style Kabarett so stark wie 1968 unter dem Verdacht, nicht gesellschaftskritisch genug zu sein und keinen Motor für Veränderungen darzustellen. Hier wirken die historische scenario und die soziologische Konzeption des Genres zusammen. Anhand von Beispielen der beiden Pole „Massenkabaretts“ und „APO-Kabaretts“ soll dieser Zusammenhang verständlich werden, insbesondere über die (gescheiterten) Versuche der studentischen Aktivisten, das Kabarett für ihre Sache zu instrumentalisieren.

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Download Make 'em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st by Zeke Jarvis PDF

By Zeke Jarvis

This lighthearted and eye-opening ebook explores the position of comedy in cultural and political opinions of yank society from the previous century.

• presents a context, vocabulary, and standpoint to higher take pleasure in and comprehend American humor

• Connects ancient advancements to cultural changes

• comprises either educational references and well known works

• Covers a variety of artists over a number of media

• Examines and explains normal developments in American comedy

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Download Late Modernity and Social Change: Reconstructing Social and by Brian Heaphy PDF

By Brian Heaphy


Sometimes social concept can appear dry and intimidating – as though it truly is anything thoroughly except way of life. yet during this incisive new textual content, Brian Heaphy exhibit precisely how the arguments of the good modern theorists play out opposed to prolonged examples from actual lifestyles.


Introducing the tips of founding social thinkers together with Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the paintings of key modern theorists, between them Lacan, Foucault, Lyotrad, Baudrillard, Bauman, Giddens and Beck, the e-book starts via studying the benefits of the 'late modernity' thesis opposed to these of the proponents of 'post-modernity'. The authors convey the vast swoop of impression of 'post-modern' notion and the way it has replaced the way in which even its rivals imagine. It additionally discusses feminist, queer and post-colonial rules approximately learning glossy and post-modern experience.


With examples from own lifestyles (including self and id, relational and intimate existence, loss of life, loss of life and life-politics) to carry conception to existence, this transparent and concise new textual content on modern social idea and social swap is perfect for college kids of sociology, cultural stories and social theory.

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Download Going Scapegoat: Post–9/11 War Literature, Language and by David A. Buchanan PDF

By David A. Buchanan

considering September 11, conflict literature has turn into a key point in American pop culture, spurring severe debate approximately depictions of combat—Who can write struggle literature? while can they do it? This ebook provides a brand new method to heavily learn conflict narratives, wondering the assumption of “combat gnosticism”—the trust that the adventure of conflict is very unlikely to speak to those that haven't noticeable it—that has ruled the discussion.
Adapting Kenneth Burke’s scapegoat mechanism to the feedback of literature and movie, the writer examines 3 novels from 2012—Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s lengthy Halftime Walk, David Abrams’s FOBBIT and Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds—that characterize the U.S. army responses to 9/11.

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Download Die Konzeption des Kunstfeldes bei Bourdieu und im New York by Marc Huber PDF

By Marc Huber

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2012 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Medien, Kunst, Musik, be aware: 1,7, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Veranstaltung: Kunstsoziologie, Sprache: Deutsch, summary: Diese Hausarbeit wird die Konzeption des Kunstfeldes von Pierre Bourdieu anhand verschiedener Texte, teilweise von Bourdieu selbst, erläutern und die Eigenschaften des beschriebenen Feldes der Kunst darlegen.

Zunächst ziehe ich dazu den textual content: „Die Konzeption des Feldes der Kunst“, von Florian Schumacher heran, welcher sich daran versucht hat die Konzeption dieser Feldtheorie kurz und knapp zusammenzufassen.

Anschließend vertiefe ich diese Angaben durch eine weitere Textquelle von Pierre Bourdieu selbst: „Über einige Eigenschaften von Feldern“, in dem es hauptsächlich um die Eigenschaften von sozialen Feldern geht.

Daraufhin skizziere ich ein Modell des literarischen Feldes der 1880er Jahre, welches die Feldtheorie von Bourdieu aus seinem Werk „Die Regeln der Kunst“ aufzeigt.

Der letzte Teil der Hausarbeit wird sich mit einem konkreten empirischen Beispiel befassen: Das big apple der 1960er Jahre. Die Studie von Nina Tessa Zahner wird hierfür herangezogen und wird Kritik und Grenzen der Theorie von Bourdieu thematisieren und so den Prüfstein zur zuvor erläuterten Theorie Bourdieus bilden.

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Download The 1950s (American Popular Culture Through History) by William H. Young PDF

By William H. Young

Have the Nineteen Fifties been overly romanticized? underneath the calm, conformist external, new principles and attitudes have been percolating. This used to be the last decade of McCarthyism, Levittowns, and males in grey flannel fits, however the Nineteen Fifties additionally observed daring architectural kinds, the increase of paperback novels and the Beat writers, Cinema Scope and movie noir, tv sort indicates, the Golden Age of the auto, subliminal advertisements, quickly nutrients, Frisbees, and foolish putty. in the meantime, adolescents attained a extra widespread function in American tradition with scorching rods, rock 'n' roll, preppies and greasers, and―gasp―juvenile delinquency. whilst, a brand new technological hazard, the atom bomb, lurked underneath the outside of the postwar decade. This quantity provides a nuanced examine a shockingly complicated time in American renowned culture.

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Download Digital Media and Society: Transforming Economics, Politics by A. White PDF

By A. White

Referencing key modern debates on concerns like surveillance, id, the worldwide monetary drawback, the electronic divide and net politics, Andrew White presents a severe intervention in discussions at the influence of the proliferation of electronic media applied sciences on politics, the economic system and social practices.

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Download Elvis, Marilyn, and the Space Aliens: Icons on Screen in by Robin Holabird PDF

By Robin Holabird

Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and house extraterrestrial beings just like the Transformers proportion a stunning connection in addition to James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Rocky Balboa. those cherished icons performed energetic roles in motion picture and tv tasks set within the country of Nevada. very long time nation movie commissioner and picture reviewer Holabird explores the mixing of icons and Nevada, together with her own reviews of observing video clips, speaking with recognized humans, and exhibiting off a various variety of wonderful and iconic destinations like Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and zone 51.

Holabird indicates how Nevada’s flash, aptitude, and fostering of the forbidden supplied magic for singers, sexpots, and weird creatures from different worlds. She additionally supplies readers an insider’s check out moviemaking in Nevada by way of drawing on her huge event as a movie commissioner. it is a certain tackle movie historical past and tradition, and Holabird explores eighteen movie genres populated via distinct characters with ties to Nevada. besides being a movie historical past of the kingdom of Nevada written via a consummate insider, the booklet is a enjoyable mix of examine, own reviews, and research approximately how Nevada grew to become the positioning of selection for a wide spectrum of recognized motion pictures and characters.

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