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Author: Jade Alexander

, as an academic discipline is advancing methodologically and conceptually, there are limitations to the current body of work. In order to develop our understanding of individuals’ lived experiences of celebrity and fandom there has been a call to expand the discipline towards studies that focus on the

In: (Extra)Ordinary?

potential for contact in the roller derby scene can enable greater analysis of interactional dynamics and power relations present in fan and celebrity encounters, elements which are typically methodologically problematic in studies of global, mass-mediated celebrity formations.” 14 Her chapter helps us

In: (Extra)Ordinary?

methodology that provided a critique of and corrective for the universalizing tendencies of Enlightenment reason, negative realism can be read as a response to the authoritarian logic of Western realism, a way of looking at the dominant mechanism of realism from a reverse angle. Though apparently far

In: Uncertain Mirrors

Vietnamese Youth in New Orleans,” in The New Second Generation, ed. Alejandro Portes (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1996): 197–220. ——, & James V. Gatewood, ed. Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader (New York: New York UP, 2000). Zhou, Xiaojing. “Critical Theories and Methodologies

In: "So There It Is"
Author: Lara Okihiro

develops through a middle voice or by a "posture that is neither subjective not objective, neither that of social scientist with a methodology and a theory nor that of the poet intent upon expressing a personal reac- tion" (White Figural Realism, p. 37). What I think is most important about working in

In: Tropes for the Past

details of common experience (Borus 1989: 21, 14). The compilation of facts about the external world set the bases for the formulation of laws; the concrete and the verifiable—the material world as opposed to the abstract—“constituted” reality. “Only through conscientious adherence to a methodology

In: Uncertain Mirrors

resistance to Euro-American dominance in 40 Chance, Formless in Form, 1. 41 Xiaojing Zhou, “Critical Theories and Methodologies in Asian American Literary Studies,” in Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature, ed. Xiaojing Zhou & Samina Najmi

In: "So There It Is"
Social and Imaginary Space in Writings by Chicanas
Of interest to informed readers responsive to combined textual and cultural approaches to Chicano/a literature and literature in general, Battleground and Crossroads weaves in various critical and theoretical threads to inquire into the relationship between intimate and public spaces in Chicana literature. Without claiming the borderlands as exclusive of the Chicana/o imagination, this book acknowledges the importance of this metaphor for bringing to view a more intercultural United States, allowing it to become inflected with the particularity of each text. The analyses of Chicana fiction, drama, and autobiography explore the construction of identity through the representation of social space and the transformation of literary space. For discussion of a diacritical territory this volume draws on a interdisciplinary practice that facilitates the journey from the most intimate spaces to the most public spaces of modernity, so that the aesthetic text yields its knowledge of the contingent historical circumstances of its production in material and existential terms. The apparent regionalism and localism of this literature is nothing but a reflection of the relationship between the local and the global, the private and the public, the personal and the political, the aesthetic and the ideological, the subversive and the mainstream. Each text stands by itself while it also reaches out to the sociopolitical imaginary for interpretation through an interdisciplinary methodology that is indispensable to do justice to a politicized aesthetics.

language remain such a politically charged element of mass and avant-garde culture, in both national and global cultures? To consider the vexed field of multilingual cultural production, I turn to the interdisciplinary methodology of translation theory because it has developed a set of useful analytic

In: How Far is America From Here?
Psychoanalytic Anthropology and the Cultural Unconscious in American Life
Author: Howard F. Stein
In this book, the author presents a pioneering interpretation of culture as constituting a dynamic relationship between the visible “crust” and the elusive “core” of social life. He meticulously maps the role of the unconscious in shaping much of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He crosses and transcends disciplinary boundaries in studies of September 11, 2001, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the execution of Timothy McVeigh, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 Worcester, Massachusetts fire, and the eruption of hypernationalism and xenophobia in nations and workplaces — all as cultural phenomena with a psychodynamic core. He shows how the experience of loss in the face of massive social change often leads to equally massive defence against the experience of mourning. Beneath the Crust of Culture will be of interest not only for behavioural and social science professionals, but also for a lay public interested in understandings of culture deeper than the surface of the news and of official pronouncements.