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Students are bombarded every day with cultural messages laden with unstated rules about what makes our work valuable, our bodies ideal, our connections meaningful. Acting Out Culture helps students empower themselves to use writing to speak back to their culture and question its rules.The first two editions have appealed especially to those students who are not full participants in the dominant culture, as well as to their instructors, who want to help those students to see how subtle (and not so subtle) cultural forces can shape their lives—and how they can challenge and resist those forces. The new edition of Acting Out Culture builds on that success, providing provocative readings (more than 50 percent of them new) that challenge the rules we live by; pedagogical tools to encourage students to think and write critically about their culture; and instructional support featuring sample syllabi, additional discussion topics, and ideas for teaching with visuals and online content. And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. Get all our great course-specific materials in one fully customizable space online; then assign and mix our resources with yours. To package LaunchPad Solo free with Acting Out Culture, use ISBN 978-1-319-01052-2.
James S. Miller is an associate professor of American Studies and American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches a range of courses on twentieth-century popular and literary culture. His scholarship focuses on issues of public memory and middle-class identity in twentieth-century America, as well as the role of commodity culture in shaping historical consciousness. His essays exploring these topics have appeared in such journals as American Studies, the Journal of American Folklore and The Public Historian. The University of Michigan Press published his book, Managerial Memory: History, Heritage and the Invention of White-Collar Roots, in 2008.
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Preface for Instructors Introduction: How We Read and Write About Culture (and How We Ought To) These Are the RulesLearningCurve > Commas> Fragments> Run-ons and comma splices> Active and passive voice> Appropriate language> Subject-verb agreement> Working with sources (MLA)> Working with sources (APA)Norms, Scripts, Roles, Rules: Analyzing Popular CultureLearningCurve > Topic sentences and supporting details> Topics and main ideasHow Culture Shapes Us: Rules of the RoadThe World in WordsGuided Reading: Anne Trubek’s "Stop Teaching Handwriting" [annotated essay]A Student’s Response to Trubek: Jordan Radziecki, "Don’t Erase Handwriting" [student essay]Tutorials > Working with Sources > Do I need to cite that?> How to cite a book in MLA style> How to cite an article in MLA style> How to cite a database in MLA style> How to cite a Web site in MLA style> How to cite a database in APA style> How to cite a Web site in APA styleReading Multimodal TextsLearningCurve > Critical readingTutorials > Critical Reading > Active reading strategiesMaking Yourself HeardEdudemic.com Anti-Bullying Public Service Announcement [video] Chapter 1: How We Believe: In what ways does what we know shape our daily actions? Introduction*Stephen Asma, Green Guilt*Ty Burr, Faces in the Mirror*Michael Sandel, Markets and MoralsRule Maker/Rule Breaker: Holiday Shopping vs. Buy Nothing Christmas*Michael Eric Dyson, Understanding Black Patriotism*Katie Roiphe, In Defense of Single MotherhoodThen and Now: Feeling (In)SecureDavid Brooks, People Like UsDebra J. Dickerson, The Great White Way*Amitava Kumar, The Restoration of Faith*Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: Political ProtestPutting It Into Practice: Scripting BeliefDuke University, Fuqua School of Business, The Context of Our Character [video] Chapter 2: How We Watch: Does what we see depend on how we’re looking? IntroductionTutorials > Critical Reading > Reading visuals: Purpose> Reading visuals: Audience*Jessica Bennett, The Flip Side of Internet FameRule Maker/Rule Breaker: J. Rupert Thompson vs. Kelly BensimonHarriet McBryde Johnson, Unspeakable Conversations*Virginia Heffernan, The Attention Span Myth*Don Tapscott, Should We Ditch the Idea of Privacy? *John Paul Titlow, #Me: Instagram Narcissism and the Scourge of the Selfie*Heather Havrilesky, Some Girls Are Better Than OthersThen and Now: Wearing Your Identity on Your Sleeve*Charles Duhigg, How Companies Learn Your SecretsNaomi Klein, Patriarchy Gets Funky*Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: Picturing DisasterPutting It Into Practice: Keeping an Eye OutLinda Stone, On Continuous Partial Attention [video] Chapter 3: How We Eat: Which rules dictate the foods we put in our bodies? Introduction*Nicholas Kristof, Prudence or CrueltyRule Maker/Rule Breaker: Whole Foods vs. Michael Pollan*Paul Schwennesen, The Ethics of Eating MeatFrancine Prose, The Wages of SinCaroline Knapp, Add Cake, Subtract Self-Esteem*Brendan Buhler, On Eating RoadkillThen and Now: How to Make Meatloaf*Erika Nicole Kendall, No Myths Here: Food Stamps, Food Deserts, and Food Scarcity*Tracie McMillan, Food’s Class Warfare*Sam Dolnick, The Obesity-Hunger Paradox*Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: Giving ThanksPutting It Into Practice: Consumer ProfilingCasey Neistat, Calorie Detective [video] Chapter 4: How We Learn: What are our perceptions of knowledge and the ways we should acquire that knowledge? IntroductionTutorials > Digital Writing > Online Research ToolsAlfie Kohn, From Degrading to De-GradingThen and Now: Encyclopedic Knowledge*Kristina Rizga, Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools Is WrongJohn Taylor Gatto, Against SchoolMike Rose, Blue-Collar Brilliancebell hooks, Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class*Rachel Toor, Unconscious PlagiarismJonathan Kozol, Preparing Minds for MarketsRule Maker/Rule Breaker: The White House vs. Jonathan Kozol*Dan Hurley, Can You Make Yourself Smarter? *Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: Looking at LearningPutting It Into Practice: Educational ScriptsThe American Academy of Arts & Sciences, The Heart of the Matter [video] Chapter 5: How We Work: What do our jobs say about us? IntroductionTutorials > Digital Writing> Job Search/Personal BrandingLouis Uchitelle, The Consequences—Undoing SanityAnthony DePalma, Fifteen Years on the Bottom RungMatthew B. Crawford, The Case for Working With Your Hands*Barbara Ehrenreich, How the Poor Are Made to Pay for their PovertyRule Maker/Rule Breaker: Wal-Mart vs. The Center for Workplace Fairness*Catherine Rampell, A Generation of Slackers? Not So MuchThen and Now: Dressing for Success*Mac McClelland, I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave*Ashley Nelson, Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom*Arlie Russell Hochschild, Our Baby, Her Womb*Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: A Woman’s WorkPutting It Into Practice: Working Hard or Hardly Working? Lauren Orsini, WorkHands Wants to Become the Blue-Collar LinkedIn [multi-modal reading] Chapter 6: How We Connect: What forces help—and hinder—our relationships with others? IntroductionTutorials > Digital Writing > Photo Editing Basics with GIMP> Audio Editing with Audacity> Presentations> Word Processing *Curtis Miller, The Quagmire of Social Media Friendships*Evgeny Morozov, Open and ClosedJoel Kotkin, There’s No Place Like HomePeter Lovenheim, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Then and Now: Personal Shopping*Keith O’Brien, The Empathy DeficitRule Maker/Rule Breaker: Barack Obama vs. Rush Limbaugh*Nathan Jurgenson, Pics and It Didn’t Happen*Hanna Rosin, The Touch Screen Generation*Claire Suddath, Digital Detox: A Tech-Free Retreat for Internet Addicts*Tying It All TogetherScenes and Un-Scenes: "Hello, Neighbor"Putting It Into Practice: The More Things Change…Casey Neistat, Texting While Walking [video]