Archive For The “Cultural Studies” Category
By Jim McGuigan
First released in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.
By Matthew E. May
What made the Sopranos finale one of many most-talked-about occasions in tv history?
Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so darn irresistible?
What do Jackson Pollock and Lance Armstrong have in universal with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks?
In this thought-provoking exploration of why convinced occasions, items, and other people catch our awareness and imaginations, Matthew E. could examines the elusive aspect at the back of such a lot of cutting edge breakthroughs in fields starting from physics and advertising and marketing to layout and pop culture. Combining strange simplicity and incredible energy, attractiveness is characterised via 4 key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. In a compelling, story-driven narrative that sheds mild at the desire for splendor in layout, engineering, paintings, city making plans, activities, and paintings, may well deals superb facts that what’s “not there” frequently trumps what is.
In the bestselling culture of The Tipping aspect, Made to Stick, and The Black Swan, In Pursuit of Elegance will swap how you take into consideration the area.
By Ed White
Roland Barthes is still some of the most influential cultural theorists of the postwar interval and Image-Music-Text collects his such a lot influential essays. Ed White presents scholars with a transparent advisor to this crucial yet tough text.
As scholars are more and more anticipated to jot down throughout a number media, Barthes' paintings could be understood as an early mapping of what we now name interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary learn. The book's targeted section-by-section readings makes Barthes' most crucial writings available to undergraduate readers.
This e-book is an ideal significant other for instructing and studying Barthes' rules in cultural reviews and literary theory.
By Andrew Barr
During this sensible cultural historical past of drink in the USA, Andrew Barr considers the importance of alcohol, traditionally and socially, symbolic and genuine, within the evolution of a country born of a insurgent spirit and intoxicated through liberty - and occasionally by means of rum or uncooked whiskey, which the colonists most well-liked to their royally taxed British tea. whereas american citizens have either asserted and celebrated their freedoms with alcohol they've got additionally, in Barr's perceptive historic view, positioned it to extra insidious use; in suppressing local American populations within the country's enlargement west, for example, or in controlling acculturation of immigrants. mixing his candidly opinionated tackle background with a full of life little bit of cultural anthropology, Barr examines not just the social affects that ascertain what, the place, and why we elect to drink but additionally the social ills which were attributed to alcohol, from the meant decline in nationwide values to the dipsomaniacal nation of our nationwide well-being. Barr argues, in spite of the fact that, that the scapegoating of alcohol via ethical alarmists, the clinical institution, and platform politicians has extra frequently produced doubtful therapies and ethical hypocrisy than it has complete social reliable.
Sherlock Holmes is an iconic determine inside of cultural narratives. extra lately, Conan Doyle has additionally seemed as a fictional determine in modern novels and flicks, complicated the bounds among fiction and fact. This assortment investigates how Holmes and Doyle have gripped the general public mind's eye to turn into significant figures of modernity.
By Kathryn Stockett
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who is constantly taken orders quietly, yet in recent years she's not able to carry her bitterness again. Her buddy Minny hasn't ever held her tongue yet now needs to one way or the other continue secrets and techniques approximately her company that go away her speechless. White socialite Skeeter simply graduated university. She's packed with ambition, yet and not using a husband, she's thought of a failure. jointly, those likely diverse ladies sign up for jointly to jot down a tell-all booklet approximately paintings as a black maid within the South, which can without end adjust their destinies and the lifetime of a small town...
By Andrew Wilson
The main acute, proficient, and updated account on hand this present day of Ukraine and its humans, now in its fourth edition.
"An attention-grabbing and provocative learn, to be able to, one hopes, give a contribution to the Western realizing of what Ukraine is and why it matters."—Volodymyr Kulyk, Harvard Ukrainian Studies
"A lively and eminently realized research of who Ukranians say that they're, how they got here to be so, and the way others view them. . . . in the event you re upload just one e-book of Ukraine, this could most likely be it."—Elizabeth Luchka Haigh, H-Net Reviews
“A wealthy and relocating chronicle for our very present.” ―Julio Ortega, New York occasions ebook Review
the us remains to be normally conceived of as an offshoot of britain, with our historical past unfolding east to west starting with the 1st English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the importance of America’s Hispanic prior. With the profile of the USA more and more Hispanic, the significance of recuperating the Hispanic measurement to our nationwide tale hasn't ever been higher.
This soaking up narrative starts with the explorers and conquistadores who planted Spain’s first colonies in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Southwest. Missionaries and rancheros hold Spain’s expansive impulse into the overdue eighteenth century, settling California, mapping the yankee inside to the Rockies, and charting the Pacific coast. through the 19th century Anglo-America expands west less than the banner of “Manifest future” and consolidates keep watch over via struggle with Mexico. within the Hispanic resurgence that follows, it's the peoples of Latin the USA who overspread the continent, from the Hispanic heartland within the West to significant towns equivalent to Chicago, Miami, big apple, and Boston. the U.S. essentially has a Hispanic current and future.
And this is its Hispanic prior, offered with attribute perception and wit via certainly one of our best historians.
What do girls search for in a guy? And what do males search for in a girl? and the way and why has this replaced over the centuries? a week millions of individuals put it on the market for romance both in newspapers, magazines or on-line. but when you think that it is a sleek phenomenon, re-examine - the advertisements were working for over 300 years. From the 1st advert in 1695 from a tender gentleman who 'would willingly fit himself to a couple stable younger Gentlewoman, that has a Fortune of GBP3000 or thereabouts' to the GSOH, WLTM and on-line relationship of more moderen years, every one advert is a photograph of its age. the result's a startling historical past of intercourse, marriage and society over 3 centuries - hilarious and heartbreaking by means of flip.