American Culture, American Tastes
By (author) Michael Kammen
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American Culture, American Tastes by Michael Kammen
Book DescriptionIn American Culture, American Tastes, Michael Kammen leads us on an entertaining, thought-provoking tour of America's changing tastes, uses of leisure, and the shifting perceptions that have accompanied them throughout our nation's history. Starting at the point in time that late-nineteenth-century popular culture began to evolve into post-WWII mass culture, Kammen charts the influence of advertising and opinion polling; the development of standardized products, shopping centers, and mass marketing; the separation of youth and adult culture; the relationship between "high" and "low" art; the commercialization of organized entertainment; and the ways in which television has shaped mass culture and consumerism has reconfigured it. In doing so, he draws from sources as varied and rich as the work of esteemed cultural theorists, "The Simpsons," jigsaw puzzles, Walter Winchell's gossip columns, Whitman's poetry, Warhol's art, "Sesame Street," and the Book-of-the-Month Club.With wit and ingenuity Kammen traces the emergence of American mass culture and the contested meanings of leisure, taste, consumer culture, and social divisions that it has spawned.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465037292
(203mm x 135mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Kammen
Digging Up the Dead, Paperback (April 2011)
Reveals a gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout American history. Taking us to the contested grave sites, this title explores how complicated interactions of regional pride, shifting reputations, and evolving burial practices led to public and often emotional battles over the final resting places of famous figures.
Democracy in America, Paperback (January 2009)
Designed for instructors who are eager to teach Tocqueville's classic study of American politics, society, and culture but reluctant to assign all 700 plus pages, Kammen's careful abridgment features the most well-known chapters that by scholarly consensus are most representative of Tocqueville's thinking on a wide variety of issues.
In the Past Lane, Paperback (April 1999)
Kammen is a major American historian, whose books have received the Bancroft and Parkman prizes. This book collects his essays on American culture, of which he is one of the major historians.
Lively Arts, Hardback (July 1996)» View all books by Michael Kammen
The book traces significant changes in twentieth-century American culture through the career of Gilbert Seldes. It was Seldes' book The Seven Lively Arts that produced a wide debate among intellectuals about the so-called "popular arts" (film, broadcasting, cartoons) and their importance to American culture.
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Author Biography - Michael Kammen
Michael Kammen is the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University. He is the author most recently of In the Past Lane, The Lively Arts, and Mystic Chords of Memory.
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