Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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The original cultural studies reader, this essay collection is widely used for its provocative readings and images on relevant cultural issues and for its outstanding pedagogy. Written by two respected composition theorists, Reading Culture truly makes use of cultural studies methodsfrom analyzing texts and historical documents to conducting fieldwork and mini-ethnographies. The first cultural studies reader to also address visual literacy, the text includes more than 100 images of posters, advertisements, photos, and art to accompany and illustrate the readings or as Visual Essays and Visual Culture segments that stand on their own. The fifth edition enhances that coverage with an appealing new four-color format and full-color art throughout the text. Helping students gain the necessary critical thinking skills to observe and analyze cultural phenomena, the opening chapter introduces reading and writing strategies and features a case studynew to this editionthat shows students how to read culture. Always up-to-date, this edition represents a significant revision with several new readings, themes, and visual images.

Table of Contents

Denotes a new section
"Culture Is Ordinary."
Reading the News
Thinking About the News
Reading Television News
Terms to Keep in Mind as You Read Television News
What is News? Analyzing Content and Audience
Analyzing Visual and Verbal Codes
Reading Newspapers
The Look of the Page: Analyzing Visual Design
Continuing News: Covering a Story
Reading News Magazines
Analyzing Visual Design: The Two-Page Spread
Cover Stories: Putting a Face on the News
Reading News on the Web
Reading About the News-The Case of 9/11
"News Values."
"Fox Portrays a War of Good and Evil, and Many Applaud."
"Television Conventions."
Writing About the News
Reading the Culture of Generations
"Kiswana Browne."
"Fortunate Son."
"Youth and American Identity."
"Teenage Wasteland."
"Goths in Tomorrowland."
"Gen X's Enduring Legacy: The Internet."
Perspectives: Before and After 9/11
"Gen (Fill in the Blank): Coming of Age, Seeking an Identity."
"Generation 9-11."
Classic Reading
Checking out the Web
Visual Culture: Representations of Youth Culture in Movies
"Juvenile Delinquency Films."
Fieldwork: Ethnographic Interviews
"My Music."
Fieldwork Project
Writing an Introduction
Mining The Archive: Life Magazine
Reading the Culture of Schooling
"What High School Is."
"Let Teenagers Try Adulthood."
Perspectives: School Vouchers
Supreme Court Majority Opinion and Dissenting Views
"Give Vouchers a Try."
"The Wrong Ruling on Vouchers."
"Crossing Boundaries."
"Note-Passing: Struggles for Status."
"From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle."
"Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan."
Classic reading
"Skills and Other Dilemmas of a Progressive Black Educator."
Checking Out The Web
Visual Culture: Picturing Schooldays
Fieldwork: Classroom Observation
Field Log
Field Notes
Writing the Report
Worth Anderson, et al., Observations and Conclusions from "Cross-Curricular Underlife: A Collaborative Report on Ways with Academic Words."
Mining The Archives: Textbooks from the Past
Reading Images
"In the Shadow of the Image."
Visual Essay: "Selling Magic."
Visual Essay: "It's a Woman Thing."
"Facing Difference: The Black Female Body."
Visual Essay: "Rewriting the Image."
Visual Essay: "Public Health Messages."
Classic Reading
"A Way of Seeing: An Introduction to the Photographs of Helen Levitt."
Checking Out The Web
Mining The Archive: Advertising Through the Ages
Reading Style
"Style in Revolt: Revolting Style."
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