Simulacra And Simulation

Author : Jean Baudrillard
ISBN : 0472065211
Genre : Social Science
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The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought
Category: Social Science

Jacking In To The Matrix Franchise

Author : Matthew Kapell
ISBN : 0826415873
Genre : Social Science
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There have already been several very successful books devoted to the original film in the Matrix trilogy. This entirely new collection of essays is the first book to examine the trilogy as a whole - as well as related products such as The Animatrix and the computer game. Contributors tackle these subjects from a range of perspectives: religion, philosophy, gender, race, film studies, and science, providing a comprehensive view of everything Matrix-related.Reviewing the cultural and religious implications of the trilogy, authors look at:* American Religion, Community and Revitilization: Why The Matrix Resonates* Religion and Salvation, the Optiate of The Matrix Franchise* Gimme that Bullet Time Religion, or, The Dream of Spiritually Perfect Violence* Ultimate Reality: Buddhist and Gnostic Constructions of BlissAlso covered are theories of cyberworlds, issues of gender and race and the games and ethics of simulation.
Category: Social Science

Theatralisierung Der Gesellschaft

Author : Herbert Willems
ISBN : 9783531915869
Genre : Social Science
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Die in den beiden Bänden dieses Sammelwerks repräsentierten Beiträge zielen auf Wandlungen und Entwicklungstendenzen der Gegenwartsgesellschaft, die in neueren sozial- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Diskursen zunehmend mit Begriffen wie Inszenierung, Performanz/Performance, Image, Event oder visual culture belegt werden. Unter dem Titel Theatralisierung geht es hier um nicht weniger als um die Behauptung eines charakteristischen Bündels von sozio-kulturellen Formationen und Transformationen, die alle gesellschaftlichen Ordnungsebenen, Bereiche und Daseinsaspekte umfassen. Andererseits gilt es, sozio-kulturellen Tatsachen Rechnung zu tragen, die eher den Gegenbegriff der Enttheatralisierung nahezulegen scheinen. Die hier zugrunde liegende zentrale Leitidee/Leitthese (Theatralisierung) wird im 1. Band vor allem auf die Lebenswelt(en) jedermanns, auf spezielle (Gruppen-)Kulturen sowie auf soziale Felder im Sinne Pierre Bourdieus bezogen: Politik, Sport, Religion, Wissenschaft, Medizin/Psychotherapie, Kunst, Wirtschaft u.s.w. Der 2. Band fokussiert das ‚Super-Theater’ der Massenmedien. Gegenstand der Untersuchung ist zudem das Internet als Raum von Theatralität und als Moment und Faktor von (Medien-)Theatralisierungen.
Category: Social Science

Die Diktatur Der Angepassten

Author : Roger Behrens
ISBN : 9783839401156
Genre : Philosophy
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Hinter der bunten und fröhlichen Fassade der spätkapitalistischen Popkultur herrscht eine »Diktatur der Angepassten«. In diesem Essayband räumt Roger Behrens mit der Vorstellung auf, dass »Pop« eine subversive oder dissidente Strategie sei, und zeichnet stattdessen mit einer kritischen Theorie der Popkultur das Bild einer stillstehenden und langweiligen Kultur des Konformismus.
Category: Philosophy

Sustaining The West

Author : Liza Piper
ISBN : 9781554589241
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Western Canada’s natural environment faces intensifying threats from industrialization in agriculture and resource development, social and cultural complicity in these destructive practices, and most recently the negative effects of global climate change. The complex nature of the problems being addressed calls for productive interdisciplinary solutions. In this book, arts and humanities scholars and literary and visual artists tackle these pressing environmental issues in provocative and transformative ways. Their commitment to environmental causes emerges through the fields of environmental history, environmental and ecocriticism, ecofeminism, ecoart, ecopoetry, and environmental journalism. This indispensable and timely resource constitutes a sustained cross-pollinating conversation across the environmental humanities about forms of representation and activism that enable ecological knowledge and ethical action on behalf of Western Canadian environments, yet have global reach. Among the developments in the contributors’ construction of environmental knowledge are a focus on the power of sentiment in linking people to the fate of nature, and the need to decolonize social and environmental relations and assumptions in the West.
Category: Literary Criticism

21st Century Sociology A Reference Handbook

Author : Clifton D. Bryant
ISBN : 9781506320212
Genre : Social Science
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21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.
Category: Social Science

Body Style

Author : Therèsa M. Winge
ISBN : 9781847887375
Genre : Design
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Body Style reveals the subcultural body as a site for understanding subcultural identity, resistance, agency, and fashion. Analyzed, theorized, politicized, and sensationalized, the subcultural body functions as a framework where individuals build a sense of self and subcultural identity. Drawing on specific subcultural examples and interviews with members, Body Style explores the subcultural body and its style within global culture. Body Style is the result of over twelve years of research examining these intersections within specific urban subcultures, including Urban Tribals, Modern Primitives, Punks, Cybers, Industrials, Skaters, and others. Divided into three main sections on subcultural body history, subcultural body identity and subcultural body styles, this book will be of particular interest to students of dress and fashion as well as those coming to subculture from sociology and cultural studies.
Category: Design

Body Studies

Author : Margo DeMello
ISBN : 9781134084630
Genre : Social Science
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In recent years, body studies has expanded rapidly, becoming an increasingly popular field of study within anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. This groundbreaking textbook takes the topics and theories from these disciplines, and combines them into one single, easily accessible text for students. Body Studies is a comprehensive textbook on the social and cultural uses and meanings of the body, for use in undergraduate college courses. Its clear, accessible chapters explore, among other things: the measurement and classification of the human body illness and healing the racialized body the gendered body cultural perceptions of beauty new bodily technologies. This book investigates how power plays an important role in the uses, views, and shapes of the body—as well as how the body is invested with meaning. Body Studies provides a wealth of pedagogic features for ease of teaching and learning: ethnographic case studies, boxes covering contemporary controversies, news stories, and legislative issues, as well as chapter summaries, further reading recommendations, and key terms. This book will appeal to students and teachers of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, women’s studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies.
Category: Social Science

Exploring The Networked Worlds Of Popular Music

Author : Peter Webb
ISBN : 9781135910792
Genre : Music
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This book provides an `insider’ view of worlds of popular music. It shows the relationship between music, creativity, ideas and localities by looking at cities, independents, genre, globalization and musician’s relationships with each other. Webb examines groups of musicians, audiences and people involved in the music industry and shows the articulation of their position as well as how to understand this theoretically by looking at the city as a centre for music production; the industrial music inspired neo-folk genre; independence and its various meanings as a productive position in the music industry; the globalization of music; and musicians own narratives about working together and dealing with the industry. Utilizing case studies of a variety of different cities -- Bristol, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin -- and genres -- Trip-hop, Hip-hop, Industrial, Neo-folk -- this volume is a landmark in popular music studies.
Category: Music

Scenes Semiotics And The New Real

Author : Chris Brown
ISBN : 9781137591128
Genre : Social Science
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This book provides a semiotic analysis of 'scenes', powerful vehicles for introducing new ideas, perspectives and behaviours, as a concept. In particular, it examines the types of scene that exist; explores their effectiveness in spreading new ideas; and considers their vital role in introducing originality and difference in modern society.
Category: Social Science