Objects of Special Devotion: Fetishism in Popular Culture

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Popular Press, 1982 - Social Science - 364 pages

This book demonstrates the importance of the study of fetishes and fetishism in the study of popular culture. Some of the essays cover rather "conventional" manifestations in the world today; others demonstrate the fetishistic qualities of some unusual items. But all illustrate without any doubt that, like the icon, the ritual, and many other items in society, fetishes, fetishism and fetishists must be studied and understood before we can begin to understand the complexity of present-day society.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hollywoods Love Fetishes
21
Fetishes and Fetishism in Girlie Magazines
33
Fetishism Consumerism and the Flight from Women
45
The Girl and her Doll
54
Hair Jewelry as Fetish
89
As Between Consenting
107
The Fetish Phenomenon
115
Graveyards as Fetishes
136
The Role
151
National Enquirer is National Fetish
168
On Fetishes
182
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Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

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