HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis

The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans

Author: Dominique Gendrin,Catherine Dessinges,Shearon Roberts

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498545610

Category: Social Science

Page: 374

View: 4928

This book argues that fictional television can educate audiences on complex communities and issues long after it has faded from the news cycle. Treme, to date, remains one of the most notable experiments of how post-Katrina New Orleans communities struggle to hold on to their cultural and historical essence. The David Simon–HBO–great American city television formula continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans

The Lure of the Local Film Economy

Author: Vicki Mayer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520293819

Category: History

Page: 162

View: 1792

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. Early in the twenty-first century, Louisiana, one of the poorest states in the United States, redirected millions in tax dollars from the public coffers in an effort to become the top location site globally for the production of Hollywood films and television series. Why would lawmakers support such a policy? Why would citizens accept the policy’s uncomfortable effects on their economy and culture? Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans addresses these questions through a study of the local and everyday experiences of the film economy in New Orleans, Louisiana—a city that has twice pursued the goal of becoming a movie production capital. From the silent era to today’s Hollywood South, Vicki Mayer explains that the aura of a film economy is inseparable from a prevailing sense of home, even as it changes that place irrevocably.

DIY Utopia

Cultural Imagination and the Remaking of the Possible

Author: Amber Day

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498523897

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 4319

This collection examines contemporary artist and activist-inspired utopian projects and DIY communities of interest. Throwing into relief the immense difficulty of thinking beyond the current system of consumer capitalism, coupled with the powerful desire to do just that, this anthology explores what our ideals and desires tell us about ourselves.

Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan

A Sajiao Generation

Author: Hsin-I Sydney Yueh

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498510337

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 6673

This study provides an interdisciplinary analysis of Taiwanese popular culture over the last two decades. It examines various shifts in the country’s identity politics and argues that its uncertain political position is a key factor in such changes.

Soundtracking Germany

Popular Music and National Identity

Author: Melanie Schiller

Publisher: Popular Musics Matter: Social, Political and Cultural Interventions

ISBN: 9781786606228

Category: National characteristics, German

Page: 288

View: 426

This book argues for the importance of popular music in negotiations of national identity, and Germanness in particular. By discussing diverse musical genres and commercially and critically successful songs at the heights of their cultural relevance throughout seventy years of post-war German history, Soundtracking Germany describes how popular music can function as a language for "writing" national narratives. Running chronologically, all chapters historically contextualize and critically discuss the cultural relevance of the respective genre before moving into a close reading of one particularly relevant and appellative case study that reveals specific interrelations between popular music and constructions of Germanness. Close readings of these sonic national narratives in different moments of national transformations reveal changes in the narrative rhetoric as this book explores how Germanness is performatively constructed, challenged, and reaffirmed throughout the course of seventy years.

Heart and Soul

Critical Essays on Joy Division

Author: Martin J. Power,Eoin Devereux,Aileen Dillane

Publisher: Popular Musics Matter: Social

ISBN: 9781786603340

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 3694

Based on up-to-date original research, Heart And Soul brings together established and newly emerging scholars who provide detailed examinations the many layers of this multi-faceted and influential band and their singer, the late Ian Curtis, in particular.

Hip Hop's Amnesia

From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement

Author: Reiland Rabaka

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739174932

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 4687

What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the spirituals, classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, and bebop? What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the Black Women’s Club Movement, New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Hipster Movement, and Black Muslim Movement? How did black popular music and black popular culture between 1900 and the 1950s influence white youth culture, especially the Lost Generation and the Beat Generation, in ways that mirror rap music and hip hop culture’s influence on contemporary white youth music, culture, and politics? In Hip Hop’s Amnesia award-winning author, spoken-word artist, and multi-instrumentalist Reiland Rabaka answers these questions by rescuing and reclaiming the often-overlooked early twentieth century origins and evolution of rap music and hip hop culture. Hip Hop’s Amnesia is a study about aesthetics and politics, music and social movements, as well as the ways in which African Americans’ unique history and culture has consistently led them to create musics that have served as the soundtracks for their socio-political aspirations and frustrations, their socio-political organizations and nationally-networked movements. The musics of the major African American social and political movements of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s were based and ultimately built on earlier forms of “African American movement music.” Therefore, in order to really and truly understand rap music and hip hop culture we must critically examine both classical African American musics and the classical African American movements that these musics served as soundtracks for. This book is primarily preoccupied with the ways in which post-enslavement black popular music and black popular culture frequently served as a soundtrack for and reflected the grassroots politics of post-enslavement African American social and political movements. Where many Hip Hop Studies scholars have made clever allusions to the ways that rap music and hip hop culture are connected to and seem to innovatively evolve earlier forms of black popular music and black popular culture, Hip Hop’s Amnesia moves beyond anecdotes and witty allusions and earnestly endeavors a full-fledged critical examination and archive-informed re-evaluation of “hip hop’s inheritance” from the major African American musics and movements of the first half of the twentieth century: classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, swing, bebop, the Black Women’s Club Movement, the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Bebop Movement, the Hipster Movement, and the Black Muslim Movement.

Concise Dictionary of Popular Culture

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442253126

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

View: 3597

The Concise Dictionary of Popular Culture covers the theories, media forms, fads, celebrities and icons, genres, and terms of popular culture. From Afropop and Anime to Oprah Winfrey and the X-Files, the book provides more than just accessible definitions. Each of the more than 800 entries is cross-referenced with other entries to highlight points of connection, a thematic index allows readers to see common elements between disparate ideas, and more than 70 black and white photos bring entries to life.

Come Hell Or High Water

Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Author: Michael Eric Dyson,Paul Elliott


ISBN: 1458760782


Page: 392

View: 6282

What Hurricane Katrina reveals about the fault lines of race and poverty in America-and what lessons we must take from the flood-from best-selling ''hip-hop intellectual'' Michael Eric Dyson Does George W. Bush care about black people? Does the rest of America? When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The federal government's slow response to local appeals for help is by now notorious. Yet despite the cries of outrage that have mounted since the levees broke, we have failed to confront the disaster's true lesson; to be poor, or black, in today's ownership society, is to be left behind. Displaying the intellectual rigor, political passion, and personal empathy that have won him fans across the color line, Michael Eric Dyson offers a searing assessment of the meaning of Hurricane Katrina. Combining interviews with survivors of the disaster with his deep knowledge of black migrations and government policy over decades, Dyson provides the historical context that has been sorely missing from public conversation. He explores the legacy of black suffering in America since slavery, including the shocking ways that black people are framed in the national consciousness even today. With this call-to-action, Dyson warns us that we can only find redemption as a society if we acknowledge that Katrina was more than an engineering or emergency response failure. From the TV newsroom to the Capitol Building to the backyard, we must change the ways we relate to the black and the poor among us. What's at stake is no less than the future of democracy.

Being Single on Noah's Ark

Author: Leonard Cargan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742559592

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

View: 8075

Cargan provides a brief history of marriage and family life and the changes occuring in them between 1950 and 2005. This book further evaluates the stereotypes that are applied to singles, noting changes that have occured in these beliefs.

Chinese Martial Arts and Media Culture

Global Perspectives

Author: Tim Trausch

Publisher: Martial Arts Studies

ISBN: 9781786609021

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5514

Signs and images of the Chinese martial arts genre are increasingly included in the media of global popular culture. As tropes of martial arts are not restricted to what is constructed as one medium, one region, or one (sub)genre, neither are the essays in this collection.

Mind the Gap

Political Participation and Representation in Belgium

Author: Kris Deschouwer

Publisher: Studies in European Political

ISBN: 9781786605412

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

View: 9848

This book draws a picture of a parliamentary and representative democracy that faces multiple tensions and multiple gaps.

How to Murder Your Mother-In-Law

Author: Dorothy Cannell

Publisher: Alibi

ISBN: 0307816656

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6723

The award-winning author of Femmes Fatal and The Thin Woman serves up the ubiquitous mother-in-law joke family style­—with death for the punch line. . . . Nothing like a live-in mother-in-law to reduce a woman to the role of junior housemaid. That’s what Ellie Haskell discovers when her husband’s parents have a row in the midst of their anniversary dinner, and mother Magdalene seeks refuge in Ellie’s guest bedroom. Suddenly Ellie is being driven round the bend by the woman’s constant demands. Thank goodness for the other wives who also suffer the age-old mother-in-law curse. A chance meeting down at the Dark Horse pub finds them trading horror stories, and soon they’re mixing gin and tonics with homicidal fantasies—a soupçon of poison here, a broken brake line there. All very therapeutic and no harm intended. At least, that’s what Ellie thinks. . . . Praise for How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law “Vintage Cannell. . . . Dorothy Cannell is a master at creating wildly ludicrous characters and hilarious plots. . . . Her latest Ellie Haskell adventure only enhances her reputation.”—Booklist “Side-splitting!”—Rendezvous “Toxic and hilarious.”—Publishers Weekly

Desire and Disaster in New Orleans

Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory

Author: Lynnell L. Thomas

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376350

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 1503

Most of the narratives packaged for New Orleans's many tourists cultivate a desire for black culture—jazz, cuisine, dance—while simultaneously targeting black people and their communities as sources and sites of political, social, and natural disaster. In this timely book, the Americanist and New Orleans native Lynnell L. Thomas delves into the relationship between tourism, cultural production, and racial politics. She carefully interprets the racial narratives embedded in tourism websites, travel guides, business periodicals, and newspapers; the thoughts of tour guides and owners; and the stories told on bus and walking tours as they were conducted both before and after Katrina. She describes how, with varying degrees of success, African American tour guides, tour owners, and tourism industry officials have used their own black heritage tours and tourism-focused businesses to challenge exclusionary tourist representations. Taking readers from the Lower Ninth Ward to the White House, Thomas highlights the ways that popular culture and public policy converge to create a mythology of racial harmony that masks a long history of racial inequality and structural inequity.

More Dr. Seuss and Philosophy

Additional Hunches in Bunches

Author: Jacob M. Held

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538101343

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 3745

Dr. Seuss and Philosophy delighted thousands of readers by demonstrating the insights of these children’s classics through a playful engagement with the philosophical tradition. In More Dr. Seuss and Philosophy readers will be offered a vision of the good life through the world of Dr. Seuss.

Coyote V. Acme

Author: Ian Frazier

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466828757

Category: Humor

Page: 128

View: 4689

Twenty-two humorous essays on topics ranging from Joseph Stalin's theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy, to a commencement address given by a Satanist college President, to the opening statement of an attorney representing Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes.


New Ways and Meanings

Author: Colin Stewart,Adam Kowaltzke

Publisher: Jacaranda

ISBN: 9780731405442

Category: Mass media

Page: 531

View: 1379

Media New Ways and Meanings 3E equips students with the understanding they need to take part in the new media environments of the twenty-first century. Drawing on the main theoretical discourses in media education, Media: New Ways and Meanings 3E, takes an eclectic approach to the study of media genres. Its engagement with all aspects of the media supports student outcomes in a range of English and Media Studies courses around Australia. Abundant activities and assignments allow students to apply the concepts developed in the text, which contains inclusive coverage of: film video games the internet television radio newspapers and magazines Media New Ways and Meanings 3E develops a diversified critical literacy while encouraging students to access, analyse and create media in new and participatory ways, making it an essential and indispensable resource. Media New Ways and Meanings 3E eBookPLUS is an electronic version of the student textbook as well as a complementary set of targeted digital resources. These flexible and engaging ICT activities are available to you online at the JacarandaPLUS website ( Your eBookPLUS resources include: illustrations and digital samples of aspects of film language powerpoint presentations for in-class use links to relevant online resources Click here to view Media New Ways and Meanings 3E eBookPLUS.

Geomedia Studies

Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds

Author: Karin Fast,André Jansson,Johan Lindell,Linda Ryan Bengtsson,Mekonnen Tesfahuney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315410192

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8961

This book introduces and develops the concept of geomedia studies as the name of a particular subfield of communication geography. Despite the accelerating societal relevance of ‘geomedia’ technologies for the production of various spaces, mobilities, and power-relations, and the unquestionable emergence of a vibrant research field that deals with questions pertaining to such topics, the term geomedia studies remains surprisingly unestablished. By addressing imperative questions about the implications of geomedia technologies for organizations, social groups and individuals (e.g. businesses profiting from geo-surveillance, refugees or migrants moving across national borders, or artists claiming their rights to public space) the book also aims to contribute to ongoing academic and societal debates in our increasingly mediatized world.