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Title National Identity Popular Culture and Everyday Life
Author Tim Edensor
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2020-06-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781000189353
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Millennium Dome, Braveheart and Rolls Royce cars. How do cultural icons reproduce and transform a sense of national identity? How does national identity vary across time and space, how is it contested, and what has been the impact of globalization upon national identity and culture?This book examines how national identity is represented, performed, spatialized and materialized through popular culture and in everyday life. National identity is revealed to be inherent in the things we often take for granted - from landscapes and eating habits, to tourism, cinema and music. Our specific experience of car ownership and motoring can enhance a sense of belonging, whilst Hollywood blockbusters and national exhibitions provide contexts for the ongoing, and often contested, process of national identity formation. These and a wealth of other cultural forms and practices are explored, with examples drawn from Scotland, the UK as a whole, India and Mauritius. This book addresses the considerable neglect of popular cultures in recent studies of nationalism and contributes to debates on the relationship between ‘high' and ‘low' culture.

Mexican National Identity by William H. Beezley

Title Mexican National Identity
Author William H. Beezley
Publisher University of Arizona Press
Release Date 2008
Category Social Science
Total Pages 206
ISBN 0816526907
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this enlightening book, the well-known historian William Beezley contends that a Mexican national identity was forged during the nineteenth century not by a self-anointed elite but rather by a disparate mix of ordinary people and everyday events. In examining independence festivals, childrenÕs games, annual almanacs, and the performances of itinerant puppet theaters, Beezley argues that these seemingly unrelated and commonplace occurrencesÑnot the far more self-conscious and organized efforts of politicians, teachers, and othersÑcreated a far-reaching sense of a new nation. In the century that followed MexicoÕs independence from Spain in 1821, Beezley maintains, sentiments of nationality were promulgated by people who were concerned not with the promotion of nationalism but with something far more immediateÑthe need to earn a living. These peddlers, vendors, actors, artisans, writers, publishers, and puppeteers sought widespread popular appeal so that they could earn money. According to Beezley, they constantly refined their performances, as well as the symbols and images they employed, in order to secure larger revenues. Gradually they discovered the stories, acts, and products that attracted the largest numbers of paying customers. As Beezley convincingly asserts, out of Òwhat sold to the massesÓ a collective national identity slowly emerged. Mexican National Identity makes an important contribution to the growing body of literature that explores the influences of popular culture on issues of national identity. By looking at identity as it was fashioned Òin the streets,Ó it opens new avenues for exploring identity formation more generally, not just in Mexico and Latin American countries but in every nation. Check out the New Books in History Interview with Bill Beezley!

Fragmented Identities by Denise Roman

Title Fragmented Identities
Author Denise Roman
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2007
Category History
Total Pages 187
ISBN 0739121189
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Combining sharp observation, a native's ease in the city, and talent as a storyteller, Denise Roman spiritedly presents the myriad details and the diverging cultural strands of life in postcommunist Bucharest. Roman focuses on identity-formation and identity politics among youth, Jews, women, and queers.

Title National Identity Popular Culture and Everyday Life
Author Tim Edensor
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2020-06-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781000183672
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Millennium Dome, Braveheart and Rolls Royce cars. How do cultural icons reproduce and transform a sense of national identity? How does national identity vary across time and space, how is it contested, and what has been the impact of globalization upon national identity and culture?This book examines how national identity is represented, performed, spatialized and materialized through popular culture and in everyday life. National identity is revealed to be inherent in the things we often take for granted - from landscapes and eating habits, to tourism, cinema and music. Our specific experience of car ownership and motoring can enhance a sense of belonging, whilst Hollywood blockbusters and national exhibitions provide contexts for the ongoing, and often contested, process of national identity formation. These and a wealth of other cultural forms and practices are explored, with examples drawn from Scotland, the UK as a whole, India and Mauritius. This book addresses the considerable neglect of popular cultures in recent studies of nationalism and contributes to debates on the relationship between ‘high' and ‘low' culture.

Guitar Cultures by Andy Bennett

Title Guitar Cultures
Author Andy Bennett
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2020-05-18
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781000184037
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The guitar is one of the most evocative instruments in the world. It features in music as diverse as heavy metal, blues, indie and flamenco, as well as Indian classical music, village music making in Papua New Guinea and carnival in Brazil. This cross-cultural popularity makes it a unique starting point for understanding social interaction and cultural identity. Guitar music can be sexy, soothing, melancholy or manic, but it nearly always brings people together and creates a common ground even if this common ground is often the site of intense social, cultural, economic and political negotiation and contest.This book explores how people use guitars and guitar music in various nations across the world as a musical and symbolic basis for creating identities. In a world where place and space are challenged by the pace of globalization, the guitar provides images, sounds and styles that help define new cultural territories. Guitars play a crucial part in shaping the commercial music industry, educational music programmes, and local community atmosphere. Live or recorded, guitar music and performance, collecting and manufacture sustains a network of varied social exchanges that constitute a distinct cultural milieu.Representing the first sustained analysis of what the guitar means to artists and audiences world-wide, this book demonstrates that this seemingly simple material artefact resonates with meaning as well as music.

Title The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism
Author John Breuilly
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release Date 2013-03-07
Category Political Science
Total Pages 818
ISBN 9780191644269
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism comprises thirty six essays by an international team of leading scholars, providing a global coverage of the history of nationalism in its different aspects - ideas, sentiments, and politics. Every chapter takes the form of an interpretative essay which, by a combination of thematic focus, comparison, and regional perspective, enables the reader to understand nationalism as a distinct and global historical subject. The book covers the emergence of nationalist ideas, sentiments, and cultural movements before the formation of a world of nation-states as well as nationalist politics before and after the era of the nation-state, with chapters covering Europe, the Middle East, North-East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas. Essays on everday national sentiment and race ideas in fascism are accompanied by chapters on nationalist movements opposed to existing nation-states, nationalism and international relations, and the role of external intervention into nationalist disputes within states. In addition, the book looks at the major challenges to nationalism: international socialism, religion, pan-nationalism, and globalization, before a final section considering how historians have approached the subject of nationalism. Taken separately, the chapters in this Handbook will deepen understanding of nationalism in particular times and places; taken together they will enable the reader to see nationalism as a distinct subject in modern world history.

Title From Popular Culture to Everyday Life
Author John Storey
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2014-04-16
Category Social Science
Total Pages 150
ISBN 9781135129002
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Popular Culture to Everyday Life presents a critical exploration of the development of everyday life as an object of study in cultural analysis, wherein John Storey addresses the way in which everyday life is beginning to replace popular culture as a primary concept in cultural studies. Storey presents a range of different ways of thinking theoretically about the everyday; from Freudian and Marxist approaches, to chapters exploring topics such as consumption, mediatization and phenomenological sociology. The book concludes, drawing from the previous nine chapters, with notes towards a definition of what everyday life might look like as a pedagogic object of study in cultural studies. This is an ideal introduction to the theories of everyday life for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of cultural studies, communication studies and media studies.

Title Popular Culture Global Intercultural Perspectives
Author Ann Brooks
Publisher Macmillan International Higher Education
Release Date 2014-07-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 184
ISBN 9781137426727
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Popular Culture: Global Intercultural Perspectives provides an understanding of popular culture in a globalized world through the intersection of sociology and cultural studies. Exploring a diverse range of different forms of popular culture in everyday life – from fashion, to digital technology and social networking, to music, visual culture and dance – this vibrant book offers contextual insights into key areas of study, including hybridity, identity, popular culture consumption and production. This critical and far-reaching text is the ideal companion to popular culture modules in sociology, media studies, cultural studies, communication studies and other related disciplines.

Title Performing National Identity
Author Anonim
Publisher BRILL
Release Date 2008-01-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 328
ISBN 9789401205238
Language English, Spanish, and French
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National identity is not some naturally given or metaphysically sanctioned racial or territorial essence that only needs to be conceptualised or spelt out in discursive texts; it emerges from, takes shape in, and is constantly defined and redefined in individual and collective performances. It is in performances—ranging from the scenarios of everyday interactions to ‘cultural performances’ such as pageants, festivals, political manifestations or sports, to the artistic performances of music, dance, theatre, literature, the visual and culinary arts and more recent media—that cultural identity and a sense of nationhood are fashioned. National identity is not an essence one is born with but something acquired in and through performances. Particularly important here are intercultural performances and transactions, and that not only in a colonial and postcolonial dimension, where such performative aspects have already been considered, but also in inner-European transactions. ‘Englishness’ or ‘Britishness’ and Italianità, the subject of this anthology, are staged both within each culture and, more importantly, in joint performances of difference across cultural borders. Performing difference highlights differences that ‘make a difference’; it ‘draws a line’ between self and other—boundary lines that are, however, constantly being redrawn and renegotiated, and remain instable and shifting.

Sport Beer And Gender by Lawrence A. Wenner

Title Sport Beer and Gender
Author Lawrence A. Wenner
Publisher Peter Lang
Release Date 2009
Category Social Science
Total Pages 317
ISBN 1433100762
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Contemporary gendered identity." --Book Jacket.

Politicotainment by Kristina Riegert

Title Politicotainment
Author Kristina Riegert
Publisher Peter Lang
Release Date 2007
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 296
ISBN 0820481149
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Everyday Nationhood by Michael Skey

Title Everyday Nationhood
Author Michael Skey
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2017-11-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 339
ISBN 9781137570987
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This edited collection explores the continuing appeal of nationalism around the world. The authors’ ground-breaking research demonstrates the ways in which national priorities and sensibilities frame an extraordinary array of activities, from classroom discussions and social media posts to global policy-making, as well as identifying the value that can come from feeling part of a national community, especially during times of economic uncertainty and social change. They also note how attachments to nation can often generate powerful emotions, happiness and pride as well as anger and frustration, which can be used to mobilize substantial numbers of people into action. Featuring contributions from leading social scientists across a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography, political science, social psychology, media and cultural studies, the book presents a number of case studies covering a range of countries including Russia, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia, Japan, Azerbaijan, Greece and the USA. Everyday Nationhood will appeal to students and scholars of nationalism, globalization and identity across the social sciences as well as those with an interest in understanding the role of nationalism in shaping some of the most pressing political crises- migration, economic protectionism, populism - of the contemporary era.

Title Popular Culture Geopolitics and Identity
Author Jason Dittmer
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2019-03-19
Category Political Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9781538116739
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now in a thoroughly revised edition, this innovative textbook surveys the field of popular geopolitics, exploring the relationship between popular culture and international relations from a geographical perspective. Using colorful current examples, it brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary literature and makes it understandable and relevant.

Pop Culture Freaks by Dustin Kidd

Title Pop Culture Freaks
Author Dustin Kidd
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2018-03-05
Category Social Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780429972911
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Love it or hate it, popular culture permeates every aspect of contemporary society. In this accessibly written introduction to the sociology of popular culture, Dustin Kidd provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet. Utilizing each chapter to present core topical and timely examples, Kidd highlights the tension between inclusion and individuality that lies beneath mass media and commercial culture, using this tension as a point of entry to an otherwise expansive topic. He systematically considers several dimensions of identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, disability) to provide a broad overview of the field that encompasses classical and contemporary theory, original data, topical and timely examples, and a strong pedagogical focus on methods. Pop Culture Freaks encourages students to develop further research questions and projects from the material. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses are brought to bear in Kidd's examination of the labor force for cultural production, the representations of identity in cultural objects, and the surprising differences in how various audiences consume and use mass culture in their everyday lives.

Title Securing China s Northwest Frontier
Author David Tobin
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2020-10
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781108488402
Language English, Spanish, and French
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David Tobin analyses how Chinese nation-building shapes identity and security dynamics between Han and Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

Title Britishness Popular Music and National Identity
Author Irene Morra
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-10-30
Category Music
Total Pages 254
ISBN 9781135048952
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book offers a major exploration of the social and cultural importance of popular music to contemporary celebrations of Britishness. Rather than providing a history of popular music or an itemization of indigenous musical qualities, it exposes the influential cultural and nationalist rhetoric around popular music and the dissemination of that rhetoric in various forms. Since the 1960s, popular music has surpassed literature to become the dominant signifier of modern British culture and identity. This position has been enforced in popular culture, literature, news and music media, political rhetoric -- and in much popular music itself, which has become increasingly self-conscious about the expectation that music both articulate and manifest the inherent values and identity of the modern nation. This study examines the implications of such practices and the various social and cultural values they construct and enforce. It identifies two dominant, conflicting constructions around popular music: music as the voice of an indigenous English ‘folk’, and music as the voice of a re-emergent British Empire. These constructions are not only contradictory but also exclusive, prescribing a social and musical identity for the nation that ignores its greater creative, national, and cultural diversity. This book is the first to offer a comprehensive critique of an extremely powerful discourse in England that today informs dominant formulations of English and British national identity, history, and culture.

Nourishing The Nation by Venetia Johannes

Title Nourishing the Nation
Author Venetia Johannes
Publisher Berghahn Books
Release Date 2019-11-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 278
ISBN 9781789204384
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the early twenty-first century, nationalism has seen a surprising resurgence across the Western world. In the Catalan Autonomous Community in northeastern Spain, this resurgence has been most apparent in widespread support for Catalonia’s pro-independence movement, and the popular assertion of Catalan symbols, culture and identity in everyday life. Nourishing the Nation provides an ethnographic account of the everyday experience of national identity in Catalonia, using an essential, everyday object of consumption: food. As a crucial element of Catalan cultural life, a focus on food provides unique insight into the lived realities of Catalan nationalism, and how Catalans experience and express their national identity today.

Stone by Tim Edensor

Title Stone
Author Tim Edensor
Publisher Springer Nature
Release Date 2020-06-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 376
ISBN 9789811546501
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In undertaking a systematic analysis of urban materiality, this book investigates one kind of material in Melbourne: stone. The work draws on a range of pertinent, current theories that consider materiality, assemblages, networks, phenomenology, resource and extraction geographies, memorialisation, maintenance and repair, place identity, skill, sensation and affect, haunting and the vitalism of the non-human. In appealing to the general reader, academics and students, this book provides a highly readable account, replete with evocative examples and fascinating historical and contemporary stories about stone in Melbourne.

Title Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan
Author Hsin-I Sydney Yueh
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2016-12-07
Category Social Science
Total Pages 222
ISBN 9781498510332
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the past two decades, a uniform representation of cutified femininity prevails in the Taiwanese media, evidenced by the shift of Taiwan’s popular cultural taste from a Chinese-centered tradition to a mixed absorption from neighboring cultural capitals in the global market. This book argues that the native term “sajiao” is the key to understand the phenomenon. Originally referring to a set of persuasive tactics through imitating a spoiled child’s gestures and ways of speaking to get attention or material goods, sajiao is commonly understood to be women’s weapon to manipulate men in the Mandarin-speaking communities. By re-interpreting sajiao as a “feminine” tactic, or the tactic of the weak, the book aims to propose a “feminine framework” in exploring identity politics in the following three aspects: the rising obsession with the immature female image in Taiwan’s popular culture, the adoption of the feminine communication style in native speakers’ everyday language and interactions, and the competing discourses between dominant/subordinate, central/peripheral, global/local, and Chinese/Taiwanese in shaping the identity politics in current Taiwanese society. The micro-analysis of everyday language politics leads the reader to examine layers of discourse about gender, identity, and communication, and finally to inquire how to situate or categorize “Taiwan” in area studies. The “feminine framework” is a useful theoretical tool that not only deconstructs everyday communication practice but also provides a bottom-up, alternative angle in analyzing Taiwan’s role in political, economic, and cultural flows in East Asia. The massive imports of popular cultural products in the late 80s, mainly from Japan, fermented the kawaii (Japanese cute) type of femininity in regulating everyday communication and the perception of gender roles in Taiwan. The popularity of the baby-like female image is concurrent with the simmering debate on Taiwanese identity. Taiwan offers a unique perspective for observing identity politics because it still holds an undetermined status in the international community. The collective uncertainty about the island’s future and the diminishing voice in the international society become the backdrop for the growth of defining, interpreting, and appropriating sajiao elements in the popular culture. This book offers an in-depth examination of the interplay among local historical contexts, cross-border capitalist exchange, and everyday communication that shapes the dialogism of Taiwanese identity.

Being British by Matthew D'Ancona

Title Being British
Author Matthew D'Ancona
Publisher Mainstream Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category Political Science
Total Pages 285
ISBN UVA:X030277324
Language English, Spanish, and French
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SOCIAL & CULTURAL HISTORY. What does being British actually mean today? Twenty essays written by well-known individuals representing a cross-section of Britain's cultural landscape attempt to offer an insight into, or snapshot of, how Britons today see themselves and their place in the world.Their thoughts will highlight just how divergent our society is and where its strengths and weaknesses lie. All these views are championed by two unlikely collaborators - Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Often politically opposed, they share a passionate interest in exploring what is now meant by being British. This unique book will enlighten, inspire and stir up many debates but ultimately it will provide a path to any reader wanting to understand just what being British in the new millennium actually means.