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The Myths That Made America

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Book Series: American Culture Studies ISBN: 9783837614855 9783839414859 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_627790 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100469
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This essential introduction to American studies examines the core foundational myths upon which the nation is based and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of »discovery,« the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the Founding Fathers, the melting pot myth, the myth of the West, and the myth of the self-made man. The chapters provide extended analyses of each of these myths, using examples from popular culture, literature, memorial culture, school books, and every-day life. Including visual material as well as study questions, this book will be of interest to any student of American studies and will foster an understanding of the United States of America as an imagined community by analyzing the foundational role of myths in the process of nation building.

Intellectual Radicalism after 1989

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Book Series: Edition Politik ISBN: 9783837634181 9783839434185 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_628142 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100582
Subject: Sociology
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Left-wing intellectuals in Britain and the US had long repudiated the Soviet regime. Why was the collapse of the Eastern Bloc experienced as a shock that destabilised their identities and political allegiances then? What happened to a collective project that had started out to formulate a socialist vision different from both really existing socialism and social democracy? This study endeavours to answer both questions, focusing on generational networks rather than individuals and investigating political academic journals after 1989 to paint the picture of a Left deeply troubled by the triumph of a capitalism unfettered by any counter-force.

Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, and Identity

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ISBN: 9783038424666 9783038424673 Year: Pages: VI, 198
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Religion
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This Special Issue is both experimental and comparative. It appropriates diverse disciplinary idioms from the distinctive fields our authors inhabit to focus on the ever-recurrent theme of the individual and the study of religion. Here the familiar topics of "belief", "practice" and "identity" come into conversation with each other from scholars in anthropology, sociology, African-American history, Asian religions, philosophy, religious studies, critical theory, and ancient history. This unashamedly eclectic venture demonstrates both the remarkable diversity enacted by the signifier, “religious”, and the dynamic potential of conversation between interesting scholars working on remarkably interesting topics.

The Transatlantic Sixties

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Book Series: Amerika: Kultur - Geschichte - Politik ISBN: 9783837622164 9783839422168 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_627791 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100513
Subject: History
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This collection brings together new and original critical essays by eleven established European American Studies scholars to explore the 1960s from a transatlantic perspective. Intended for an academic audience interested in globalized American studies, it examines topics ranging from the impact of the American civil rights movement in Germany, France and Wales, through the transatlantic dimensions of feminism and the counterculture movement. It explores, for example, the vicissitudes of Europe's status in US foreign relations, European documentaries about the Vietnam War, transatlantic trends in literature and culture, and the significance of collective and cultural memory of the era.

American Mobilities

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Book Series: American Culture Studies ISBN: 9783837634556 9783839434550 Year: Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101244
Subject: Social Sciences
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American Mobilities investigates representations of mobility – social, economic, geographic – in American film and literature during the Depression, WWII, and the early Cold War. With an emphasis on the dual meaning of »domestic«, referring to both the family home and the nation, this study traces the important trope of mobility that runs through the »American« century. Juxtaposing canonical fiction with popular, and low-budget independent films with Classical Hollywood, Leyda brings the analytic tools of American cultural and literary studies to bear on an eclectic array of primary texts as she builds a case for the significance of mobility in the study of the United States.

Congoism

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ISBN: 9783837640373 9783839440377 Year: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14361/9783839440377 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101959
Subject: History
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To justify the plundering of todays Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. intellectual elites have continuously produced dismissive Congo discourses. Tracing these discourses in great depth and breadth for the first time, Johnny Van Hove shows how U.S. intellectuals (and their influential European counterparts) have been using the Congo in similar fashions for their own goals. Analyzing intellectuals as diverse as W.E.B. Du Bois, Joseph Conrad, and David Van Reybrouck, the book offers a theorization of Central West Africa, a case study of normalized narratives on the »Other«, and a stirring wake up call for all contemporary writers on international history and politics.

Normatividades e instituciones eclesiásticas en el virreinato del Perú, siglos XVI–XIX

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Book Series: Global Perspectives on Legal History ISBN: 9783944773223 9783944773230 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.12946/gplh12 Language: Spanish;
Publisher: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Subject: Law --- History --- Economics
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Ecclesiastical institutions and actors were essential for the formation of normative orders in early modern Ibero-America. In a series of seminars, organised by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Mexico City, Lima, Bogotá and São Paulo, scholars from different disciplines presented innovative studies on the history of religious normativity and its practices. Based upon the Lima colloquium, the present volume focuses on the viceroyalty of Peru (16th-19th centuries).

Regime der Anerkennung

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Book Series: Histoire ISBN: 9783839435526 9783837635522 Year: Pages: 332 DOI: 10.14361/9783839435526 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Subject: History
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What meaning does recognition have in the context of the rehabilitation of tyranny? This volume provides answers.

The Sacred & the Digital. Critical Depictions of Religions in Video Games

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ISBN: 9783038978305 9783038978312 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-831-2 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Religion
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Video game studies are a relative young but flourishing academic discipline. But within game studies, however, the perspective of religion and spirituality is rather neglected, both by game scholars and religion scholars. While religion can take different shapes in digital games, ranging from material and referential to reflexive and ritual, it is not necessarily true that game developers depict their in-game religions in a positive, confirming way, but ever so often games approach the topic critically and disavowingly. The religion criticisms found in video games can be categorized as follows: religion as (1) fraud, aimed to manipulate the uneducated, as (2) blind obedience towards an invisible but ultimately non-existing deity/ies, as (3) violence against those who do not share the same set of religious rules, as (4) madness, a deranged alternative for logical reasoning, and as (5) suppression in the hands of the powerful elite to dominate and subdue the masses into submission and obedience. The critical depictions of religion in video games by their developers is the focus of this special issue.

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