Acting Out Culture Reading and Writing

ISBN-10: 0312454163

ISBN-13: 9780312454166

Edition: N/A

Authors: James S. Miller

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Students are bombarded every day with media messages laden with rules: how true patriots should act, how healthy people eat, what real women should look like. "Acting Out Culture" is the first thematic composition reader to focus students' attention beyond what rules and norms govern their everyday behavior to "how" the rules themselves have been shaped over time. The author, James Miller, has drawn on his cutting-edge expertise in cultural analysis to help students inquire into those social norms and respond with writing that positions them as citizens making informed decisions about their world.
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List price: $60.95
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Students
How We Believe
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: Holiday Shopping vs. Buy Nothing Christmas
Statistical Citizens
Two Cheers for Materialism
All Consuming Patriotism
Then and Now: Feeling (In)Secure
Do the Right Thing: Cognitive Science's Search for a Common Morality
I Do. Not.: Why I Won't Marry
People Like Us
The Great White Way
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Political Protest
Putting it into Practices: Scripting Belief
How We Watch
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: Mary Ellis-Bunim vs. Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Unspeakable Conversations
Watching Torture in Prime Time
Patriarchy Gets Funky: The Triumph of Identity Marketing
Frames of Reference
Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
Then and Now: Wearing Your Identity on Your Sleeve
Watch Me! Webcams and the Public Exposure of Private Lives
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Picturing Disaster
Putting it into Practice: Keep an Eye Out
How We Eat
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: Whole Foods vs. Michael Pollan
Big Organic
The Wages of Sin
In Gorging, Truth
Add Cake, Subtract Self-Esteem
Then and Now: How to Make Meatloaf
Mate de Coca: Never Say No
America's Wandering Families
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Giving Thanks
Putting it into Practice: Consumer Profiling
How We Work
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: Wal-Mart vs. Jim Hightower
Finding a Coach in the Land of Oz
Let's Party Like It's 1999
The Consequences - Undoing Sanity
Then and Now: Dressing for Success
Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung
How to Choose a Career That Will Not Get You Rich No Matter What Anyone Tells You
This Mess
Scenes and Un-Scenes: A Woman's Work
Putting it into Practice: Working Hard or Hardly Working?
How We Fight
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: Video Game Developers vs. Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence
AWOL in America: When Desertion Is the Only Option
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Love and War in Cyberspace
Then and Now: From Gangster to Gangsta
Being Strong
Return of the Madhouse
Make Metaphor No More? Sportspeople Rethink Their Words of War
Scenes and Un-Scenes: We Are the Champions
Putting it into Practice: Community Conflicts
How We Learn
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: The U.S. Department of Education vs. Jonathan Kozol
The Baby Genius Edutainment Complex: The New Smart Baby Products
From Degrading to De-grading
Reasonable Disagreements
Then and Now: Monkeying Around with Science
Against School
Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class
The Case of the Purloined Paper
Preparing Minds for Markets
Hopelessly Hooked on Help
Scenes and Un-Scenes: Looking at Learning
Putting it into Practice: Educational Scripts
How We Talk
Rule Maker/Rule Breaker: The U.S. Military vs. The Servicemenbers Legal Defense Network
Fighting for Our Lives
The Ways We Don't Converse Now
Trashing the L-Word
Stop Them before They Joke Again
Then and Now: Talking Dirty
You Are Not Alone: College Newspapers Discover the Sex Column
Big World: How Clear Channel Programs America
The Perfect Voice
Scenes and Un-Scenes: My Fellow Americans
Putting it into Practice: Speaking Out/Talking Back
Index of Authors and Titles
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