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Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity

By Sheila Whiteley

Women and renowned Music explores the altering position of ladies musicians and the ways that their songs resonate in pop culture. Sheila Whiteley starts off by way of analyzing the counter-culture's reactionary attitudes to ladies throughout the lyrics of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. She explores the ways that artists like Joplin and Joni Mitchell faced problems with sexuality and freedom, redefining women's participation within the undefined, and assesses the non-public expense in their achievements. She considers how stars equivalent to Annie Lennox, Madonna and k.d. lang have faced problems with gender stereotyping and sexuality, via pop movies for 'Justify My Love' and 'Sweet desires (Are made from This)', and appears on the enduring significance of the singer-songwriter via artists akin to Tracey Chapman. finally, she assesses the contribution of up to date artists together with Tori Amos, P.J. Harvey and Courtney Love, and asks even if the Spice women are only a 'cartoon feminist pop workforce' or in the event that they offer optimistic position versions for teenage ladies.

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American Ugly: Appearance and Aesthetics in Cultures of U.S. Nationalism, 1848-1915

By Tracy Anne Sachtjen

This venture brings jointly an research of nearby historical past, commercial capitalism, and U.S. empire to argue that ugliness---much greater than a personal trouble among somebody and her mirror---became a mode of justifying keep an eye on over the folks and areas remodeled via the industrial tactics of nineteenth-century enlargement. This dissertation engages ugliness as a historic formation to investigate how its repeated invocation in renowned cultures supplied a simple avatar of awful distinction opposed to which a nationalist physique should be respected. Ugliness distinctive a physique so misplaced or outpaced by way of glossy beliefs that exclusion turned the solution to nationalized clash. during this manner, metaphors of visual appeal and aesthetic worth buttressed the present rhetoric of enlargement. This venture contributes to the examine of nationalist formation and embodiment via illuminating gender as a prop for racial abjection.

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The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Electronic Mediations)

By Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker

“The make the most is that infrequent factor: a publication with a transparent take hold of of the way networks function that still is familiar with the political implications of this rising type of energy. It cuts in the course of the nonsense approximately how 'free' and 'democratic' networks supposedly are, and it bargains a wealthy research of ways community protocols create a brand new type of keep watch over. crucial analyzing for all theorists, artists, activists, techheads, and hackers of the Net.” —McKenzie Wark, writer of A Hacker Manifesto

 

The community has turn into the center organizational constitution for postmodern politics, tradition, and existence, changing the trendy era’s hierarchical platforms. From peer-to-peer dossier sharing and large multiplayer on-line video games to contagion vectors of electronic or organic viruses and international affiliations of terrorist companies, the community shape has develop into so invasive that almost each element of up to date society will be positioned inside of it.

 

Borrowing their identify from the hacker time period for a software that takes benefit of a flaw in a community process, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker problem the frequent assumption that networks are inherently egalitarian. as a substitute, they contend that there exist new modes of keep watch over totally local to networks, modes which are instantaneously hugely centralized and dispersed, company and subversive.

 

In this provocative book-length essay, Galloway and Thacker argue entire new topology has to be invented to withstand and reshape the community shape, person who is as asymmetrical in courting to networks because the community is on the subject of hierarchy.

 

Alexander R. Galloway is affiliate professor of tradition and communications at ny collage and the writer of Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic tradition (Minnesota, 2006) and Protocol: How regulate Exists after Decentralization.

 

Eugene Thacker is affiliate professor of recent media on the Georgia Institute of expertise and the writer of Biomedia (Minnesota, 2004) and the worldwide Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture.

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Land, Law and Environment: Mythical Land, Legal Boundaries (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

By Allen Abramson, Dimitrios Theodossopoulus

Participants to this quantity take factor with the ‘idealist’ process during which land and panorama – position and house – are learn as basically expressive and finally poetic. They argue that an excessive amount of emphasis at the subjective development of land obscures the essentially significant experience during which land is additionally used and appropriated: whereas land can have a few subjective, ideological that means, it exists, additionally, as a pragmatic source. The essays specialise in postcolonial legacies in land legislations, modern disputes and land claims surrounding ancestral lands, conservation matters and highway protests. parts coated contain Western and jap Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, Australia and the Pacific, India and Indonesia.

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Stone Age Economics

Stone Age Economics is a vintage learn of anthropological economics, first released in 1974. As Marshall Sahlinsstated within the first variation, "It has been encouraged through the potential of 'anthropological economics,' a viewpoint indebted particularly to the character of the primitive economies than to the kinds of a bourgeois science." Ambitiously tackling the character of financial existence and the way to review it relatively, the e-book contains six stories which mirror the author's rules on revising conventional perspectives of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the unique prosperous society. The e-book examines notions of creation, distribution and trade in early groups and examines the hyperlink among economics and cultural and social elements. It comprises a suite of certain and heavily comparable reports of tribal economies, of family construction for livelihood, and of the submission of household construction to the cloth and political calls for of society at large.

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Perspectives on Global Cultures (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies)

By Ramaswami Harindranath

A thorough overview of the impression of globalization at the cultures of the constructing world

This topical e-book explores the cultural and social effect of globalization at the constructing international, analyzing highbrow contributions and cultural expression from Latin the United States, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The connections among nationwide cultural and political initiatives in the course of anticolonial struggles, together with nationwide and transnational cinema and tv, are tested. The booklet additionally covers modern debates on international cultures, together with race and distinction, postcolonial experiences, multiculturalism, and “third cinema.”

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What Is Posthumanism? (Posthumanities)

By Cary Wolfe

What does it suggest to imagine past humanism? Is it attainable to craft a style of philosophy, ethics, and interpretation that rejects the vintage humanist divisions of self and different, brain and physique, society and nature, human and animal, natural and technological? Can a brand new form of humanities-posthumanities-respond to the redefinition of humanity's position on the planet by means of either the technological and the organic or "green" continuum during which the "human" is yet one existence shape between many?

Exploring how either severe inspiration besides cultural perform have reacted to this radical repositioning, Cary Wolfe-one of the founding figures within the box of animal reports and posthumanist theory-ranges throughout bioethics, cognitive technological know-how, animal ethics, gender, and incapacity to boost a theoretical and philosophical technique attentive to our altering figuring out of ourselves and our international. Then, in appearing posthumanist readings of such varied works as Temple Grandin's writings, Wallace Stevens's poetry, Lars von Trier's Dancer within the Dark, the structure of Diller+Scofidio, and David Byrne and Brian Eno's My lifestyles within the Bush of Ghosts, he indicates how this philosophical sensibility can remodel paintings and culture.

For Wolfe, a colourful, rigorous posthumanism is essential for addressing questions of ethics and justice, language and trans-species conversation, social structures and their inclusions and exclusions, and the highbrow aspirations of interdisciplinarity. In What Is Posthumanism? he conscientiously distinguishes posthumanism from transhumanism (the biotechnological enhancement of people) and slim definitions of the posthuman because the hoped-for transcendence of materiality. In doing so, Wolfe finds that it truly is humanism, now not the human in all its embodied and prosthetic complexity, that's left in the back of in posthumanist thought.

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The Cultural Geography Reader

The Cultural Geography Reader draws together fifty-two vintage and modern abridged readings that symbolize the scope of the self-discipline and its key thoughts. Readings have been selected in keeping with their originality, accessibility and empirical concentration, permitting scholars to understand the conceptual and theoretical instruments of cultural geography during the grounded learn of best students within the box. all the eight sections starts with an advent that discusses the most important suggestions, its heritage and relation to cultural geography and connections to different disciplines and practices. Six to seven abridged e-book chapters and magazine articles, every one with their very own concentrated introductions, also are integrated in each one part.

The clarity, wide scope, and assurance of either vintage and modern items from the USA and united kingdom makes The Cultural Geography Reader suitable and obtainable for a extensive viewers of undergraduate scholars and graduate scholars alike. It bridges different nationwide traditions within the US and united kingdom, in addition to introducing the span of vintage and modern cultural geography. In doing so, it provides the trainer and scholar with a flexible but enduring benchmark text.

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Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender

Sexing the Groove discusses those matters and lots of extra, bringing jointly prime track and cultural theorists to discover the relationships among well known track, gender and sexuality. The individuals, who comprise Mavis Beayton, Stella Bruzzi, Sara Cohen, Sean Cubitt, Keith Negus and may Straw, debate how renowned tune performers, subcultures, enthusiasts and texts build and deconstruct `masculine' and `feminine' identities. utilizing quite a lot of case reviews, from Mick Jagger to insurrection Grrrls, they display that there's not anything `natural', everlasting or immovable in regards to the regime of sexual distinction which governs society and culture.
Sexing the Groove additionally incorporates a entire annotated bibliography for extra analyzing and learn into gender and renowned tune.

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A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies

This better half represents the interdisciplinary and foreign box of ""cultural reminiscence studies"" in a single quantity. Articles by way of well known overseas students supply readers a different assessment of the main thoughts of cultural reminiscence experiences. The ebook not just files present examine in an exceptional method; it additionally serves as a discussion board for bringing jointly methods from components as different as sociology, political sciences, heritage, theology, literary experiences, media experiences, philosophy, psychology, and neurosciences.""Cultural reminiscence studies"" - as outlined during this ebook - got here into being in the beginning of the twentieth century, with the works of Maurice Halbwachs on mèmoire collective. through the final 20 years this zone of study has witnessed a veritable growth in numerous nations and disciplines. in this case, the examine of the relation of ""culture"" and ""memory"" has different right into a wide variety of techniques. This significant other is predicated on a extensive realizing of ""cultural memory"" because the interaction of current and earlier in sociocultural contexts. It provides thoughts for the research of person remembering in a social context, workforce and relatives reminiscence, nationwide reminiscence, a few of the media of reminiscence, and eventually the host of rising transnational lieux de mèmoire equivalent to Sept. 11. This publication first seemed as a hardback quantity within the De Gruyter sequence ""Media and Cultural Memory"" lower than the identify ""Cultural reminiscence reviews: a world and Interdisciplinary Handbook"". With the current spouse the unique articles are reissued in an inexpensive paperback variation.

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