Acting Out Culture Reading and Writing

ISBN-10: 0312624298
ISBN-13: 9780312624293
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: James S. Miller
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Book details

List price: $32.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Students are bombarded every day with media messages laden with rules: what makes our work valuable, our bodies ideal, our communities picture perfect.Acting Out Cultureempowers students to use writing to speak back to their culture and question its rules. Featuring fresh readings by writers who lay bare and challenge the rules we live by, the second edition ofActing Out Culturegives students the tools they need to analyze and write critically about assumptions at the heart of cultural norms.

Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Students
Rules, Norms, Scripts and Roles: Reading and Analyzing Popular Culture
The World in Words: Writing about Rules, Norms, Scripts and Roles
Anne Trubek, Stop Teaching Handwriting [annotated essay]
Sample student essay
Reading Visuals
How We Believe
Introduction: How We Read and Write about Culture
These Are the Rules
Rules, Norms, Scripts and Roles: Reading and Analyzing Popular Culture
How Culture Shapes Us: The Rules of the Road
The World in Words: Writing about Rules, Norms, Scripts and Roles
Guided Reading: Anne Trubek's Stop Teaching Handwriting
Stop Teaching Handwriting [annotated essay]
A Student's Response to Trubek
Don't Erase Handwriting [student essay]
Reading Visuals
How We Watch
Introduction
Rule Makers/Rule Breakers: Mary Ellis Bunim vs. Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
I Am Here: One Man's Experiment with the Location-Aware Lifestyle
The Flip Side of Internet Fame
Unspeakable Conversations
Viewer Discretion
Watching Torture in Prime Time
Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
Then and Now: Wearing Your Identity on Your Sleeve
Frames of Reference
Patriarchy Gets Funky: The Triumph of Identity Marketing
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Picturing Disaster
Putting It into Practice: Keep an Eye Out
How We Eat
Introduction
Rule Makers/Rule Breakers: Whole Foods vs. Michael Pollan
Farmer in Chief
Food Fright
Then and Now: How to Make Meatloaf
The Wages of Sin
In Gorging, Truth
Subtract Self-Esteem
Ever Wonder if You Could Kill What You Eat? We Did the Other Night
The Ultimate in Eating Local: My Adventures in Urban Foraging
They Eat What We Are
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Giving Thanks
Putting It into Practice: Consumer Profiling
How We Learn
Introduction
Rule Makers/Rule Breakers: U.S. Department of Education vs. Jonathon Kozol
From Degrading to De-grading
Against School
Blue-Collar Brilliance
Then and Now
Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class
The Case of the Purloined Paper
Preparing Minds for Markets
La Vie D'Ennui
Human Culture, an Evolutionary Force
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Looking at Learning
Putting It into Practice: Educational Scripts
How We Work
Introduction
Rule Makers/Rule Breakers: Wal-Mart vs. Jim Hightower
The Consequences-Undoing Sanity
Then and Now: Dressing for Success
Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung
The Case for Working with Your Hands
How to Choose a Career That Will Not Get You Rich No Matter What Anyone Tells You
The Great American Bubble Machine
Work vs. Family, Complicated by Race
This Mess
Awful Injustice: It's Time to Start Paying College Athletes
Scenes and Un-Scenes: A Woman's Work
Putting It into Practice: Working Hard or Hardly Working?
How We Change
Introduction
Rule Makers/Rule Breakers: "Yes, We Can" vs. "You Lie!"
Faux Friendship
Not Buying It
There's No Place Like Home
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Vice Versa
Let's Drop the Good Guys vs. Bad Guys Talk, We Need to Grow Up as a Species

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