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Description - American Culture, American Tastes by Michael Kammen

In 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 centres, 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 Details

ISBN: 9780465037292
ISBN-10: 0465037291
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 137mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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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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