Globalization and American Popular Culture

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-07-30
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

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Few other titles have an international focus. This book is accessible for college courses, and is one of the most recent, single-authored texts available.

Author Biography

Lane Crothers is professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
American Popular Culture and Globalizationp. 1
Popular Culture and Global Politicsp. 2
Understanding Culture, Popular Culture, and American Culturep. 10
Anthropological Culturep. 11
Popular Culturep. 12
"American" Popular Culturep. 14
Grasping Globalizationp. 17
Economic Globalization and American Popular Culturep. 19
Political Globalization and American Popular Culturep. 23
Cultural Globalization and American Popular Culturep. 26
Cultural Corruptionp. 26
Cultural Imperialismp. 28
Cultural Homogenizationp. 29
Cultural Hybridityp. 30
Conclusionp. 31
Notesp. 32
"American" Popular Culture in Movies, Music, and Televisionp. 37
American Civic Culture and American Popular Culturep. 39
"American" Storiesp. 44
American Culture in Movies, Music, and Televisionp. 59
American Moviesp. 59
Titanic: Class and the American Dreamp. 60
Avatar: The Triumph of the Individualp. 63
Blade Runner: The Emptiness of Consumer Capitalismp. 65
American Televisionp. 68
The Universe of Star Trek and the Universe according to Star Trekp. 68
The West Wing and the Democratic Experimentp. 70
24 and American Illiberalismp. 72
American Musicp. 74
The Culture of Countryp. 75
It's Rock and Rollp. 76
Don't Stop Hip-Hopp. 79
Conclusionp. 81
Notesp. 82
The Global Scope of American Movies, Music, and Televisionp. 85
The Movie, Music, and Television Machine in the Global Erap. 87
The Development of the Modern American Movie, Music, and Television Industriesp. 91
The American Exceptionp. 92
A Brief History of the Movie Industryp. 96
A Brief History of the Music Industryp. 106
A Brief History of the Television Industryp. 114
The Digital Dilemmap. 122
Conclusionp. 128
Notesp. 128
The American Global Cultural Brandp. 133
Franchising Americap. 134
A Brief History of the Franchisep. 137
American Brands, Global Presencep. 141
A Brief Global Cultural History of Coca-Colap. 141
A Brief Global Cultural History of McDonald'sp. 148
A Brief Global Cultural History of Blue Jeansp. 155
The Emerging Global Cultural History of the NFLp. 161
Social Networking Americap. 167
Everything, Everywhere, All the Timep. 172
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 176
Global Trade and the Fear of American Popular Culturep. 179
Trading American Popular Culturep. 180
The American Argumentp. 181
The Counter-American Argumentp. 183
Popular Culture in International Agreementsp. 186
GATT/WTO 1947-2012p. 187
Popular Culture and the United Nationsp. 190
NAFTAp. 194
American Popular Culture and Fragmegration in Four Countriesp. 198
Francep. 199
Iranp. 201
Venezuelap. 205
Hong Kongp. 209
Social Networks, Political Revolutions? The Case of the Arab Springp. 213
Conclusionp. 215
Notesp. 216
American Popular Culture and the Future of Globalizationp. 219
Cultural Change, Hybridity, and American Popular Culturep. 221
Types of Cultural Changep. 222
Cultural Change as Cultural Hybridityp. 229
Global Cultural Hybridity and American Popular Culturep. 232
The Future of American Popular Culture and Globalizationp. 235
Conclusionp. 244
Notesp. 244
Recommended Readingsp. 247
Indexp. 259
About the Authorp. 275
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