Media/cultural Studies: Critical Approaches

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Rhonda Hammer, Douglas Kellner
Peter Lang, 2009 - Social Science - 644 pages
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This anthology is designed to assist teachers and students in learning how to better understand and interpret our common culture and everyday life. With a focus on contemporary media, consumer, and digital culture, this book combines classic and original writings by both leading and rising scholars in the field. The chapters present key theories, concepts, and methodologies of critical cultural and media studies, as well as cutting-edge research into new media. Sections on teaching media/cultural studies and concrete case studies provide practical examples that illuminate contemporary culture, ranging from new forms of digital media and consumer culture to artifacts from TV and film, including Barbie and Big Macs, soap operas, Talk TV, Facebook, and YouTube. The lively articles show that media/cultural studies is an exciting and relevant arena, and this text should enable students and citizens to become informed readers and critics of their culture and society.
 

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Contents

Toward a Critical MediaCultural Studies
5
Whats in a Name? One More Time
25
Stuart Hall on Representation and Ideology
49
A Propaganda Model
63
Cultural Studies Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Higher Education
88
The Power of New Media Networks
107
TEACHlNG MEDlACULTURAL STUDlES
123
Reflections on Teaching
124
The Magical World of Daytime Soap Operas
324
The Media and the Plight
374
The Rhetoric of Pleasure and Danger in Feminist
392
Bridget Jones and the New Gender
411
L A Autobiography
423
American Militarism Hollywood and Media Culture
457
Another Ethnic Autobiography? Childhood and the Cultural
482
Ethnic Chic and the Displacement of South Asian Female Sexuality
501

Teaching Popular Music
152
DOlNG MEDlACULTURAL STUDlES
229
Narrative Structure
235
The Worlds Lovin
251
The Bitch Still Has Everything
270
Vulture Culture Youth and Television
280
Growing Up Gay Today
296
Whats Wrong with a Little Objectification?
313
The Dual Image of Asian American
516
Media Sports Metaphors and Presidential
537
EMERGENT DlGlTAL CULTURES
557
Evil Bert Laden
576
Childrens Culture
587
Critical Perspectives on Social Network Sites
602
Some Critical Reflections
615
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The Editors: Rhonda Hammer is Lecturer and Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in women's studies; education; communications; and film, television, and digital media. Dr. Hammer has co-authored Rethinking Media Literacy and is the author of Anti-Feminism and Family Terrorism: A Critical Feminist Perspective, as well as a number of articles and chapters on feminisms, globalization, media, and critical cultural studies. She has also been actively involved in grassroots and educational video production for many years.
Douglas Kellner is George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at UCLA and is the author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle; a trilogy of books on postmodern theory with Steve Best; and a trilogy of books on the media and the Bush administration, titled Grand Theft 2000, From 9/11 to Terror War, and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy. Kellner's latest book is Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing.

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