Profiles of Popular Culture A Reader

ISBN-10: 0879728698

ISBN-13: 9780879728694

Edition: 2005

Authors: Ray B. Browne

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From Hank Williams to hip hop, Aunt Jemima to the Energizer Bunny, scrap-booking to NASCAR racing, "Profiles of Popular Culture cuts a generous swath across what is perhaps the fastest growing discipline of the past several decades. Edited by a pioneer in the field, this volume invites readers to reflect on a diverse sampling of modern myths, icons, archetypes, rituals, and pastimes. Adopting an inclusive approach, editor Ray B. Browne has mined both scholarly and mainstream media to bring together penetrating essays on fads and fashions, sports fandom, the shaping of body image, aesthetic surgery, the marketing of food, vacationing and sightseeing, toys and games, genre fiction, post-9/11 entertainment, and much more. Like Jack Nachbar and Kevin Lause's "Popular Culture: An Introductory Text, this book opens critical doors into the study of popular culture-and does so within a fresh context that includes points of reference both established and new.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

The generalities of cultures
Hero with 2000 faces
The real life adventures of Pinocchio
NASCAR racing fans : cranking up an empirical approach
The concept of hero against democracy
Just the right touch : by introducing a note of modesty, Marilyn Monroe's gloves actually heightened her come-hither allure
Honky-tonk poet : fifty years after his death at twenty-nine, the music world still marvels at Hank Williams's homespun hits
Measuring up : obesity in young boys is on the rise, and so are eating disorders: whose fault is that? : try G.I. Joe
Ferrari's latest toy goes for a cool $675,000
The masks of Mickey Mouse : symbol of a generation
From control to adaptation : America's toy story
Have you been injured? : the current state of personal injury lawyers' advertising
Days of our lives
Dick Francis's six-gun mystique
Religious fervor is building for pro-football fans : pageantry, ritual of big game have spiritual tone, experts say
Forgotten cemeteries unearth buried treasures
Descendants of Ohio's earliest people fight to save mounds
When half as big is more than enough
A new battle over day care
Oh dad poor dad, your daughter has looked in your closet and I'm feeling so sad : daughters dissing daddy in the memoir
Don't let your childhood die
After a full life, at seventy-five, one's duty is to die?
Delight in disorder : a reading of diaphany and liquefaction in contemporary women's clothing
Beyond the quilting bee
Shakin' all over
Inside the food labs
Selling 'em by the sack : White Castle and the creation of American food
Outside-in : body, mind, and self in the advertisement of aesthetic surgery
The vanishing global village
Luggage-transport service expects growth
Troubled waters
The wonderful world of history : why travel without heritage is like TV without color
In virtual museums, an archive of the world
Defining trade characters and their role in American popular culture
The freedom of equality
Celebrations : rituals of popular veneration
Buckeyes bask in glory : OSU's national title is for the ages - past, present, and future
Dead men walking free
The killer inside me : he's a murderer : and a model inmate : should Wilbert Rideau go free?
Rewriting the romance : bodice rippers are more popular than ever, and Julia Quinn is taking them into the postfeminist future
Comic book fandom and cultural capital
Science fiction films of the eighties : Fin de Siecle before its time
The garage door opens
Alan Jackson, a man among legends : singer says "no way," but others say he's one of country's all-time best
The importance of hip-hop and rap : a question of resistive vernaculars
Number of religious broadcasters continues to grow
Protect religious freedom
Strong, funny ... and female : prime-time TV has focused on women
Mild about "Harry"
The big fat year in culture
There's no escape from ads, even in the backseat
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