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Knowledge Goes Pop

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Book Series: Culture Machine ISBN: 9781847883162 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_390769 Language: English
Publisher: Berg Publishers Grant: OAPEN-UK
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences
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A voice on late night radio tells you that a fast food joint injects its food with drugs that make men impotent. A colleague asks if you think the FBI was in on 9/11. An alien abductee on the Internet claims extra-terrestrials have planted a microchip in her left buttock. 'Julia Roberts in Porn Scandal' shouts the front page of a gossip mag. A spiritual healer claims he can cure chronic fatigue syndrome with the energizing power of crystals . . . What do you believe? Knowledge Goes Pop examines the popular knowledges that saturate our everyday experience. We make this information and then it shapes the way we see the world. How valid is it when compared to official knowledge and why does such (mis)information cause so much institutional anxiety? Knowledge Goes Pop examines the range of knowledge, from conspiracy theory to plain gossip, and its role and impact in our culture.What do you believe? This title examines the popular knowledges that

saturate our everyday experience. How valid is it when compared to

official knowledge and why does such (mis)information cause so much

institutional anxiety? It examines the range of knowledge, from

conspiracy theory to plain gossip, and its role and impact in our

culture.Clare Birchall is Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University.

Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture

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Book Series: Dress, Body, Culture ISBN: 9781847883476 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_390772 Language: English
Publisher: Berg Publishers Grant: OAPEN-UK
Subject: Sociology --- Gender Studies --- Social Sciences
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At the heart of Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture lies a very personal story, of author Catherine Roach's response to the decision of her life-long best friend to become an exotic dancer. Catherine and Marie grew up together in Canada and moved to the USA to enroll in PhD programs at prestigious universities. For various reasons, Marie left her program and instead chose to work as a stripper. The author, at first troubled and yet fascinated by her friend's decision, follows Marie's journey into the world of stripping as an observer and analyst. She finds that this world raises complex questions about gender, sexuality, fantasy, feminism, and even spirituality. Moving from first hand interviews with dancers and others, the book broadens into a provocative and accessible examination of the current popularity of "striptease culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, thongs gone mainstream, and stripper aerobics at your local gym. Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture scrutinizes the naked truth of a lucrative industry whose norms are increasingly at the center of contemporary society.Moving from first hand interviews with dancers and others, this book

broadens into an accessible examination of the popularity of "striptease

culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, and stripper aerobics at

your local gym. It aims to scrutinize the truth of a industry whose

norms are increasingly at the center of contemporary society.Catherine M. Roach is Associate Professor of New College, and Affiliated Faculty in Religious Studies and Women's Studies, at The University of Alabama, USA. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998 and is also the author of Mother / Nature: Popular Culture and Environmental Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003).

Anticapitalism and Culture

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ISBN: 9781847884510 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_392115 Language: English
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What does 'anticapitalism' really mean for the politics and culture of the twenty-first century? Anticapitalism is an idea which, despite going global, remains rooted in the local, persisting as a loose collection of grassroots movements and actions. Anticapitalism needs to develop a coherent and cohering philosophy, something which cultural theory and the intellectual legacy of the New Left can help to provide, notably through the work of key radical thinkers, such as Ernesto Laclau, Stuart Hall, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Judith Butler.

Anticapitalism and Culture argues that there is a strong relationship between the radical tradition of cultural studies and the new political movements which try to resist corporate globalization. Indeed, the two need each other: whilst theory can shape and direct the huge diversity of anticapitalist activism, the energy and sheer political engagement of the anticapitalist movement can breathe new life into cultural studies.Anticapitalism is an idea which, despite going global, remains rooted in the local, persisting as a loose collection of
grassroots movements and actions. This work argues that there is a strong relationship between the radical tradition of cultural studies and the new political movements which try to resist corporate globalization.

Introduction
1. A political history of cultural studies, part one: The Post-War Years
2. A political history of cultural studies, part two: The Politics of Defeat
3. Another World is Possible: The Anti-Capitalist Movement 
4. (Anti)Capitalism and Culture 
5. Ideas in Action: Rhizomatics, Radical Democracy, and the Power of the Multitude
6. Mapping the Territory: Prospects for Resistance in the Neoliberal Conjuncture
7. Beyond the Activist Imaginary: Nomadic Strategies for the New Partisans
Conclusion - Liberating the Collective
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