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  • 1
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    Online Resource
    2009
    ISBN: 9780674044838 
    Person(s): Wark, McKenzie
    Title: Gamer Theory
    Publisher(s): Harvard University Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780674044838
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Ever get the feeling that life's a game with changing rules and no clear sides? Welcome to gamespace, the world in which we live. Where others argue obsessively over violence in games, Wark contends that digital computer games are our society's emergent cultural form, a utopian version of the world as it is. Gamer Theory uncovers the significance of games in the gap between the near-perfection of actual games and the imperfect gamespace of everyday life in the rat race of free-market society
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  • 2
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    2009
    ISBN: 9780231519380 
    Person(s): Dovey, Lindiwe
    Title: African Film and Literature
    Subtitle: Adapting Violence to the Screen
    Publisher(s): Columbia University Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780231519380
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Analyzing a range of South African and West African films inspired by African and non-African literature, Lindiwe Dovey identifies a specific trend in contemporary African filmmaking-one in which filmmakers are using the embodied audiovisual medium of film to offer a critique of physical and psychological violence. Against a detailed history of the medium's savage introduction and exploitation by colonial powers in two very different African contexts, Dovey examines the complex ways in which African filmmakers are preserving, mediating, and critiquing their own cultures while seeking a united vision of the future. More than merely representing socio-cultural realities in Africa, these films engage with issues of colonialism and postcolonialism, "updating" both the history and the literature they adapt to address contemporary audiences in Africa and elsewhere. Through this deliberate and radical re-historicization of texts and realities, Dovey argues that African filmmakers have developed a method of filmmaking that is altogether distinct from European and American forms of adaptation
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  • 3
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    Online Resource
    2009
    ISBN: 9780674036536 
    Title: The Economy of Prestige
    Subtitle: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value
    Publisher(s): Harvard University Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780674036536
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This is a book about one of the great untold stories of modern cultural life: the remarkable ascendancy of prizes in literature and the arts. James F. English documents the dramatic rise of the awards industry and its complex role within what he describes as an economy of cultural prestige
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  • 4
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    Online Resource
    2009
    ISBN: 9780813546964 
    Person(s): Curtis, Debra
    Title: Pleasures and Perils
    Subtitle: Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture
    Publisher(s): Rutgers University Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780813546964
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Pleasures and Perils follows a group of young girls living on Nevis, an island society in the Eastern Caribbean. In this provocative ethnography, Debra Curtis examines their sexuality in gripping detail: why do Nevisian girls engage in sexual activity at such young ages? Where is the line between coercion and consent? How does a desire for wealth affect a girl's sexual practices? Curtis shows that girls are often caught between conflicting discourses of Christian teachings about chastity, public health cautions about safe sex, and media enticements about consumer delights. Sexuality's contradictions are exposed: power and powerless¡ness, self-determination and cultural control, violence and pleasure. Pleasures and Perils illuminates the methodological and ethical issues anthropologists face when they conduct research on sex, especially among girls. The sexually explicit narratives conveyed in this book challenge not only the reader's own thoughts on sexuality but also the broader limits and possibilities of ethnography
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  • 5
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    2008
    ISBN: 9789048501212 
    Person(s): Kooijman, Jaap
    Title: Fabricating the Absolute Fake
    Subtitle: 'America' in Contemporary Pop Culture
    Publisher(s): Amsterdam University Press
    Year of publication: 2008
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9789048501212
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: From the pageantry of Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show to the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola empire, American "pop" culture-and the contemporary films, television programs, and cultural objects that determine it-dominates the rest of the world through its hegemonic presence. Does that make everyone a hybridized American or do these elements find mediation within the other cultures that consume them? Fabricating the Absolute Fake applies elements of postmodern theory-Jean Baudrillard's hyperreality and Umberto Eco's "absolute fake", among others-to this globally mediated American pop culture in order to examine both the phenomenon itself and its specific appropriation in the Netherlands, as evidenced by diverse cultural icons like the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers, the Moroccan-Dutch white rapper Ali B, musical tributes to an assassinated politician, and the Dutch reality soap opera scene. A fascinating exploration of how global cultures struggle to create their own "America" within a post-September 11 media culture, Fabricating the Absolute Fake reflects on what it might mean to truly take part in American popular culture. "A brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable work of cultural critique. . . . Jaap Kooijman takes seemingly exhausted concepts like "Americanization" and turns them on their head."-Anne McCarthy, New York University
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  • 6
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    Online Resource
    2008
    ISBN: 9780231518581 
    Title: The Star as Icon
    Subtitle: Celebrity in the Age of Mass Consumption
    Publisher(s): Columbia University Press
    Year of publication: 2008
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780231518581
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Princess Diana, Jackie O, Grace Kelly-the star icon is the most talked about yet least understood persona. The object of adoration, fantasy, and cult obsession, the star icon is a celebrity, yet she is also something more: a dazzling figure at the center of a media pantomime that is at once voyeuristic and zealously guarded. With skill and humor, Daniel Herwitz pokes at the gears of the celebrity-making machine, recruiting a philosopher's interest in the media, an eye for society, and a love of popular culture to divine our yearning for these iconic figures and the role they play in our lives.Herwitz portrays the star icon as caught between transcendence and trauma. An effervescent being living on a distant, exalted planet, the star icon is also a melodramatic heroine desperate to escape her life and the ever-watchful eye of the media. The public buoys her up and then eagerly watches her fall, her collapse providing a satisfying conclusion to a story sensationally told-while leaving the public yearning for a rebirth.Herwitz locates this double life in the opposing tensions of film, television, religion, and consumer culture, offering fresh perspectives on these subjects while ingeniously mapping society's creation (and destruction) of these special aesthetic stars. Herwitz has a soft spot for popular culture yet remains deeply skeptical of public illusion. He worries that the media distances us from even minimal insight into those who are transfigured into star icons. It also blinds us to the shaping of our political present
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  • 7
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    2008
    ISBN: 9780824863777 
    Title: On Creating a Usable Culture
    Subtitle: Margaret Mead and the Emergence of American Cosmopolitanism
    Publisher(s): University of Hawaii Press
    Year of publication: 2008
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780824863777
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Margaret Mead's career took off in 1928 with the publication of Coming of Age in Samoa. Within ten years, she was the best-known academic in the United States, a role she enjoyed all of her life. In On Creating a Usable Culture, Maureen Molloy explores how Mead was influenced by, and influenced, the meanings of American culture and secured for herself a unique and enduring place in the American popular imagination. She considers this in relation to Mead's four popular ethnographies written between the wars (Coming of Age in Samoa, Growing Up in New Guinea, The Changing Culture of an Indian Tribe, and Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies) and the academic, middle-brow, and popular responses to them.Molloy argues that Mead was heavily influenced by the debates concerning the forging of a distinctive American culture that began around 1911 with the publication of George Santayana's "The Genteel Tradition." The creation of a national culture would solve the problems of alienation and provincialism and establish a place for both native-born and immigrant communities. Mead drew on this vision of an "integrated culture" and used her "primitive societies" as exemplars of how cultures attained or failed to attain this ideal. Her ethnographies are really about "America," the peoples she studied serving as the personifications of what were widely understood to be the dilemmas of American selfhood in a materialistic, individualistic society. Two themes subtend Molloy's analysis. The first is Mead's articulation of the individual's relation to his or her culture via the trope of sex. Each of her early ethnographies focuses on a "character" and his or her problems as expressed through sexuality. This thematic ties her work closely to the popularization of psychoanalysis at the time with its understanding of sex as the key to the self. The second theme involves the change in Mead's attitude toward and definition of "culture"-from the cultural determinism in Coming of Age to culture as the enemy of the individual in Sex and Temperament. This trend parallels the consolidation and objectification of popular and professional notions about culture in the 1920s and 1930s.On Creating a Usable Culture will be eagerly welcomed by those with an interest in American studies and history, cultural studies, and the social sciences, and most especially by readers of American intellectual history, the history of anthropology, gender studies, and studies of modernism
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  • 8
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    Online Resource
    2007
    ISBN: 9780824862923 
    Title: Imagining the Other
    Subtitle: The Representation of the Papua New Guinean Subject
    Publisher(s): University of Hawaii Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780824862923
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Much has been written about Papua New Guinea over the last century and too often in ways that legitimated or served colonial interests through highly pejorative and racist descriptions of Papua New Guineans. Paying special attention to early travel literature, works of fiction, and colonial reports, laws, and legislation, Regis Tove Stella reveals the complex and persistent network of discursive strategies deployed to subjugate the land and its people
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  • 9
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    Online Resource
    2005
    ISBN: 9780231850261 
    Title: Reality TV
    Subtitle: Realism and Revelation
    Publisher(s): Columbia University Press
    Year of publication: 2005
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780231850261
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This book analyses new and hybrid genres of television including observational documentaries, talk shows, game shows, docu-soaps, dramatic reconstructions, law and order programming and 24/7 formats such as Big Brother and Survivor
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