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The Cultural Front

Author : Michael Denning
ISBN : 1859841708
Genre : History
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"The cultural front," James T. Farrell once wrote, was made up of "commercial writers, high-priced Hollywood scenarists, a motley assortment of mystery-plot mechanics, humorists, newspaper columnists, stripteasers, band leaders, glamour girls, actors, press agents, Broadway producers, aging wives with thwarted literary ambitions, and other such ornaments of American culture." The cultural front, that extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America, was born in the Great Depression as communists sought to organize cultural workers against Fascism and crisis-ridden capitalism. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, the cultural front grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US during the 1930s and beyond. Thoroughly infused with a radically popular and oppositional mentality, the cultural front informed one of the most culturally exciting and rich periods in American history -- a veritable "Second American Renaissance," in the words of Michael Denning. In The Cultural Front, Denning lifts the lid on a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture -- a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic popular culture. From Disney animators to proletarian novelists, and encompassing the likes of Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C.L.R James and Billie Holiday, Denning charts a scene which not only fused art and popular protest but also left a deep imprint on American culture and society today.

The World Of Quantum Culture

Author : Manuel J. Caro
ISBN : 027597068X
Genre : Philosophy
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This edited collection is the first to explore the implications of "Quantum Aesthetics" for social life. Contributors, who represent various disciplines, apply this philosophy to their respective fields of study.


Author : Chris Jenks
ISBN : 0415226902
Genre : Social Science
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Offers various views on the concept of culture, including articles by such authors as Walter Benjamin, Georg Simmel, T.S. Eliot, and Bronislaw Malinowski.

The Culture Game

Author : Olu Oguibe
ISBN : 0816641315
Genre : Art
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Thirteen previously published essays, notes, and interviews, by Olu Oguibe, with revisions, with an additional list of where the contributions were originally published and a cumulative index for this anthology as a whole.

Communication As Culture

Author : James W. Carey
ISBN : 041590725X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Carey's seminal work joins central issues in the field and redefines them. It will force the reader to think in new and fruitful ways about such dichotomies as transmissions vs. ritual, administrative vs. critical, positivist vs. marxist, and cultural vs. power-orientated approaches to communications study. An historically inspired treatment of major figures and theories, required reading for the sophisticated scholar' - George Gerbner, University of Pennsylvania ...offers a mural of thought with a rich background, highlighted by such thoughts as communication being the 'maintenance of society in time'. - Cast/Communication Booknotes These essays encompass much more than a critique of an academic discipline. Carey's lively thought, lucid style, and profound scholarship propel the reader through a wide and varied intellectual landscape, particularly as these issues have affected Modern American thought. As entertaining as it is enlightening, Communication as Culture is certain to become a classic in its field.

Culture And Agency

Author : Margaret Scotford Archer
ISBN : 0521564417
Genre : Social Science
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Revised edition of 1988 book, highly influential in debates about role of culture in social theory.

What Is Culture

Author : Bobbie Kalman
ISBN : 0778746356
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discusses cultural differences in food, music, clothing, sports, and holidays around the world.

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