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The Pornographic Object of Knowledge
Pornographic films combine fantasy and real sex to create a unique genre of entertainment. This book explores how the making of pornographic films is a social process that draws on the fantasies, sexual scripts and sexual identities of performers, writers, directors, and editors to produce sexually exciting videos and movies.
Constructing American Boyhood in Postwar Hollywood Films
Peter W.Y. Lee explores how the legacy of the Great Depression and World War II shaped the formative years of the Cold War. Lee uses youth culture in American films to show how the postwar concerns over the family, race, militarism, and internationalism were carryovers from the past 15 years, which coalesced into anticommunism.
Neoliberalism Since The French Antillean Uprisings of 2009
This essay collection examines the social upheaval that shook Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and Réunion in February and March of 2009, and the ways in which capital accumulation and centralization instantiated hierarchies of profit, capital accumulation, and economic exploitation in the wider non-sovereign Caribbean from Haiti to the Dutch Antilles to Puerto Rico.
Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America
An Organ of Murder explores the origins of both popular and elite theories of criminality in the nineteenth-century United States. This work traces the long-lasting influence of phrenological visual culture and language in America, as well as the practical uses of phrenology in courts, prisons, and daily life.
Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism
This book is an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding Taíno/Boricua activism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean diaspora in New York City. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic research, media analysis, and historical documents, the book explores the varied experiences and motivations of Taíno/Boricua activists claiming what is commonly thought to be an extinct ethnic category.
News, Social Media, and Anti-Rape and Sexual Harassment Activism
This book examines the role media platforms play in anti-rape and sexual harassment activism in India. Including 75 interviews with feminist activists and journalists working across India, it proposes a framework of agenda building and establishes a theoretical framework to examine media coverage of issues in the digitally emerging Global South.
Farmworkers, Health and Environmental Justice
The Devil’s Fruit uses anthropology’s tool kit to examine farmworkers’ embodiment of toxic pesticides and social and workplace relationships in California’s agricultural industry. Rather than stopping at description and critique, Saxton explores how activist ethnographic methods and ethics align, conflict, and support ongoing struggles for farmworker health and environmental justice.
An Illustrated Guide to the Living River
Since 1996, The Hudson has been an essential guide to the full sweep of the great river's natural history and human heritage. This updated third edition includes the latest information about the ongoing fight against pollution, plus vibrant new full-color illustrations showing the plants and wildlife that make this ecosystem so special.
The Media Cultures of International Education
Documenting the American Student Abroad explores the documentary media cultures that shape our views of study abroad, drawing our attention to the broad range of stakeholders and documentary modes involved in defining the core values and practices of study abroad. Author Kelly Hankin shows how the institutional values of “global citizenship,” “intercultural communication,” and “cultural immersion” emerge in contradictory ways through their representation.
Gender Representation in American Superhero Comic Books
Taking a critical look at the gender presentation of DC and Marvel superheroes like Superman, Captain America, Batwoman, Luke Cage, and Storm, Hot Pants and Spandex Suits is a thought-provoking consideration of what superhero comics teach us about identity, embodiment, and sexuality.
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