Strategic Reinvention in Popular Culture

Strategic Reinvention in Popular Culture

Those that do generally spawn replications - sequels, spin-offs, or re-makes. This book presents a theory of why some replications succeed and others fail across genres and media.

Author: Richard Pfefferman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137373199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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Not all original works invoke the encore impulse in their audiences. Those that do generally spawn replications - sequels, spin-offs, or re-makes. This book presents a theory of why some replications succeed and others fail across genres and media.
Categories: Performing Arts

Media Gender and Popular Culture in India

Media  Gender  and Popular Culture in India

Contrary to popular opinion, media are not windows on the world, ... the great media power as a communication strategy for “reinventingpopular culture.

Author: Sanjukta Dasgupta

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 9788132119043

Category: Social Science

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In contemporary India, as one side of the coin celebrates traditional stereotypes, the other side subverts the same image, sometimes subtly, but often radically. The push and pulls of these factors are changing the cultural landscape of India decisively. This volume critiques media representations of popular culture and gender since the 1950s and tracks the changes that have taken place in Indian society. The authors give us incisive analyses of these transformations, represented through the candid lens of the camera in films, television, advertisements and magazines, all of which focus on gender and familial representations and patriarchal norms in Indian society. The strength of this book is that it rejects grand narratives in favor of the micro-politics of daily living. In the course of exploring the metamorphosis of India, the authors succeed in dissolving the boundaries between mass/low culture, elite/high culture and local/national/global affiliations.
Categories: Social Science

Television Series as Mirrors of Contemporary Life

Television Series as Mirrors of Contemporary Life

Strategic Reinvention in Popular culture, New YorN: Palgrave Macmillan, 287 pp. PoniewoziN, James. (2010). 'Boardwalk Empire: The Original Jersey ShoreГ, ...

Author: Ligia Tomoiagă

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527534711

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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This study sheds light on the impressive work done by writers of television series, highlighting their sources of inspiration and their exceptional talent for maintaining interest and mirroring changes in mentalities in lifestyle. It offers numerous original interpretations of various categories of such television shows, and explores the ways in which older series have been developed, and what has been maintained and changed in more modern TV series.
Categories: Social Science

Youth Economy Crisis and Reinvention in Twenty First Century China

Youth Economy  Crisis  and Reinvention in Twenty First Century China

... in a new participatory popular culture to voice their queer desires. ... ways in which Chinese youths negotiate and reinvent their cultural and gender ...

Author: Hui Faye Xiao

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000765342

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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This book surveys the explosive youth culture in twenty-first century China, an active and powerful force catalysing cultural innovations, social changes, and collective efforts, re-inventing a pluralistic and multivalent youth (qingnian) in an age of enormous change, division and uncertainty. Providing a comprehensive analysis of literary, cinematic, musical, televisual, and social media representations about, for and by disparate youth groups, this book seeks to offer a systematic investigation of a trans-medial and multi-locale youth culture. In so doing, it examines contributions from high school dropouts, industrial workers, migrant laborers and "leftover women", as well as best-selling writers and filmmakers, cultural entrepreneurs, queer idols and fans, and young feminist activists. Observing the Chinese youths’ deployment of "small" genres, such as light novels and short videos, in addition to digital media, this book ultimately demonstrates the renewal of cultural forms and the transformative power of networked "small" atomized individuals in reinventing a youthful coalition of silenced, belittled, and marginalized groups. A thoroughly interdisciplinary study, Youth Economy, Crisis, and Reinvention in Twenty-First-Century China will be useful to students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, as well as Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies and Media Studies.
Categories: Social Science

Place Reinvention

Place Reinvention

... the social democratic traditions and rich popular cultural life that had ... reinvention, performed within institutional networks of strategic actors.

Author: Dr Torill Nyseth

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409488279

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

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Through an interdisciplinary range of case studies from across the Northern rim of Europe, this volume shows how place reinvention as a concept affects not only global cities but also marginal regions. Linking place reinvention to the economic, the symbolic and the political production of space, the volume puts forward insights into how 'marginal areas' understand their role in the global competition between places and regions through their branding strategies, playing with representations of the unique and the ordinary, urban and rural, reindustrialization and cultural economy. It also shows how and why some places seem to retain and strengthen their uniqueness, whilst others are losing their local distinctiveness in the struggle to survive.
Categories: Political Science

Hipster Culture

Hipster Culture

“Communist Childhoods and Nostalgia: A Cultural Analysis of Online Remembrance Strategies.” Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary ...

Author: Heike Steinhoff

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501370397

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Twenty-first century popular culture has given birth to a peculiar cultural figure: the hipster. Stereotypically associated with nerd glasses, beards and buns, boho clothing, and ironic T-shirts, hipsters represent a (post-)postmodern (post-)subculture whose style, aesthetics, and practices have increasingly become mainstream. Hipster Culture is the first comprehensive collection of original studies that address the hipster and hipster culture from a range of cultural studies perspectives. Analyzing the cultural, economic, aesthetic, and political meanings and implications of a wide range of phenomena prominently associated with hipster culture, the contributors bring their expertise and own research perspectives to bear, thus shaping the volume's transnational and intersectional approach. Chapters address global and local manifestations of hipster culture, processes of urban gentrification and cultural appropriation, alternative foodways and eclectic fashion styles, the significance of nostalgia, retro technologies and social media, and the aesthetics and cultural politics of literature, film, art, and music marked by self-reflexivity, irony, and a simultaneous longing for an earnest authenticity. Hipster Culture explores the diversification of hipster culture, sheds light on popular constructions of the hipster as cultural Other, and critically investigates hipster culture's entanglements with and challenges to dominant cultural discourses of gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, age, religion, and nationality.
Categories: Social Science

Popular Culture and Political Identity in the Arab Gulf States

Popular Culture and Political Identity in the Arab Gulf States

In this chapter I will examine how the invention and reinvention of traditional popular culture, as manifested in the annual Pearl Diving Festival and the ...

Author: Alanoud Alsharekh

Publisher: Saqi

ISBN: 9780863568626

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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As the Gulf assumes an ever more important identity in the global political economy, we see the emergence of a new popular and political culture underpinning its increasingly self-confident national identities. This volume explores the new dynamism of the Gulf, reflected not just in high-rise buildings and booming stock markets, but also manifested in the realms of art, ideas and expression, and their relationships with political authority. Contributors include figures instrumental to the emergence of these new identities, including artists, broadcasters and cultural commentators.
Categories: Social Science

Culture as a Vocation

Culture as a Vocation

... established cultural forms but making forays into the avantgarde or popular culture; like the mediators they aspire to become, they combine strategies ...

Author: Vincent Dubois

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317590880

Category: Social Science

Page: 146

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Vocational occupations are attractive not so much for their material rewards as for the prestige and self-fulfillment they confer. They require a strong personal commitment, which can be subjectively experienced in terms of passion and selflessness. The choice of a career in the cultural sector provides a good example of this. What are the terms of this calling? What predisposes individuals to answer it? What are the meanings of such a choice? To answer these questions, this book focuses on would-be cultural managers. By identifying their social patterns, by revealing the resources, expectations and visions of the world they invest in their choice, it sheds new light on these occupations. In these intermediary and indeterminate social positions, family heritages intersect with educational strategies, aspirations of upward mobility with tactics against downward mobility, and social critique with adjustment strategies. Ultimately the study of career choices in cultural management suggests a new take on the analysis of social reproduction and on the embodiment of the new spirit of capitalism. The empirical findings of this research conducted in France are set in a broader comparative perspective, at the European level and with the USA.
Categories: Social Science

Reinventing the Museum

Reinventing the Museum

The motorcycle exhibition aimed, in addition, to reach into popular culture and segments of the public that rarely if ever visited art museums.

Author: Gail Anderson

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759115781

Category: History

Page: 416

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This reader brings together 35 seminal articles that reflect the museum world's ongoing conversation with itself and the public about what it means to be a museum—one that is relevant and responsive to its constituents and always examining and reexamining its operations, policies, collections, and programs. In conjunction with the editor's introductory material and recommended additional readings these articles will help students grasp the essentials of the dialogue and guide them on where to turn for further details and developments.
Categories: History

Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future

Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future

... with high culture sometimes eclipsed by popular culture content, ... A new strategy, 'arts by stealth', saw arts content 'smuggled' into the schedule ...

Author: Mary Debrett

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841503967

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

View: 177

Once regarded as a system in decline, public service broadcasters have acquired renewed legitimacy in the digital environment, as drivers of digital take-up, innovators and trusted brands.Exploring this remarkable transformation, Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future engages with the new opportunities and challenges facing public service media, outlining the ways in which interactive technologies are now expanding the delivery of diverse goals and enhancing public accountability.Drawing on fifty interviews with media industry and academic specialists from four countries this seminal work explores the constraints and possibilities of the public service system and its prospects for continued survival in the age of on-demand media.
Categories: Performing Arts

Reinventing Practice in a Disenchanted World

Reinventing Practice in a Disenchanted World

... 134; and job stability, 163n5; marriage as strategy for reaching, 47–48; ... 88, 105–107 popular culture, homogenizing effects of, 37 posadas, 83, 132, ...

Author: Cheleen Mahar

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292721920

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

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Colonia Hermosa, now considered a suburb of Oaxaca, began as a squatter settlement in the 1950s. The original residents came in search of transformation from migrants to urban citizens, struggling from rural poverty for the chance to be part of the global economy in Oaxaca. Cheleen Ann-Catherine Mahar charts the lives of a group of residents in Colonia Hermosa over a period of thirty years, as Mexico became more closely tied into the structures of global capital, and the residents of Colonia Hermosa struggled to survive. Residents shape their discussions within a larger narrative, and their talk is the language of the heroic individual, so necessary to the ideology and the functioning of capital. However, this logic only tenuously connects to the actual material circumstances of their lives. Mahar applies the theories of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu to her data from Mexico in order to examine the class trajectories of migrant families over more than three decades. Through this investigation, Mahar adds an important intergenerational study to the existing body of literature on Oaxaca, particularly concerning the factors that have reshaped the lives of urban working poor families and have created a working-class fraction of globalized citizenship.
Categories: Social Science

American and Chinese Language Cinemas

American and Chinese Language Cinemas

(again) to the huge and largely untapped mainland Chinese film market, ... as “the latest turn in a strategy that has perpetuated American media dominance ...

Author: Lisa Funnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317910244

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 660

Critics frequently describe the influence of "America," through Hollywood and other cultural industries, as a form of cultural imperialism. This unidirectional model of interaction does not address, however, the counter-flows of Chinese-language films into the American film market or the influence of Chinese filmmakers, film stars, and aesthetics in Hollywood. The aim of this collection is to (re)consider the complex dynamics of transnational cultural flows between American and Chinese-language film industries. The goal is to bring a more historical perspective to the subject, focusing as much on the Hollywood influence on early Shanghai or postwar Hong Kong films as on the intensifying flows between American and Chinese-language cinemas in recent decades. Contributors emphasize the processes of appropriation and reception involved in transnational cultural practices, examining film production, distribution, and reception.
Categories: Social Science

Policy and the Popular

Policy and the Popular

The pool from which candidates with strategic potential can be drawn is thus limited ... to reinvent very old forms of cultural policy for changing times.

Author: David Looseley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317977452

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

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The book is an interdisciplinary exploration of the complexities of ‘popular’ culture as a category of public policy. It approaches the notions of ‘cultural policy’ and ‘popular culture’ flexibly, examining what each comes to mean, explicitly or implicitly, in relation to the other. This generates a rich variety of approaches, but also a number of identifiable commonalities. We start from the proposition that 'popular culture' is largely absent as an explicit category of arts policy and debate today. The ‘arts’ are still, in practice, construed in terms of elite culture (despite claims to the contrary), while artefacts such as popular music, television, fashion, and so on are assumed to figure among the cultural or creative ‘industries’, giving the popular a set of narrowly economic, professional and commodity connotations. And yet, the popular is, in a range of ways, powerfully present as an implicit dimension of public policy and as a catalyst of cultural practices and attitudes. This apparent paradox underpins the proposal. The book is a collaboration between two UK-based institutions: the University of Leeds’s Popular Cultures Research Network and the well established Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. This book was originally published as a special issue of International Journal of Cultural Policy.
Categories: Social Science

Neomedievalism Popular Culture and the Academy

Neomedievalism  Popular Culture  and the Academy

Neomedievalism, Popular Culture, and the Academy: From Tolkien to Game of Thrones ... reinvention of the Middle Ages in both popular and academic culture.

Author: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781843845416

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

View: 522

The medieval in the modern world is here explored in a variety of media, from film and book to gaming.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reinventing Africa

Reinventing Africa

Museums, Material Culture, and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and ... essentialism and hybridity as cultural strategies which can be mobilised as ...

Author: Annie E. Coombes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300068905

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Between 1890 and 1918, British colonial expansion in Africa led to the removal of many African artifacts that were subsequently brought to Britain and displayed. Annie Coombes argues that this activity had profound repercussions for the construction of a national identity within Britain itself--the effects of which are still with us today. Through a series of detailed case studies, Coombes analyzes the popular and scientific knowledge of Africa which shaped a diverse public's perception of that continent: the looting and display of the Benin "bronzes" from Nigeria; ethnographic museums; the mass spectacle of large-scale international and missionary exhibitions and colonial exhibitions such as the "Stanley and African" of 1890; together with the critical reaction to such events in British national newspapers, the radical and humanitarian press and the West African press. Coombes argues that although endlessly reiterated racial stereotypes were disseminated through popular images of all things "African," this was no simple reproduction of imperial ideology. There were a number of different and sometimes conflicting representations of Africa and of what it was to be African--representations that varied according to political, institutional, and disciplinary pressures. The professionalization of anthropology over this period played a crucial role in the popularization of contradictory ideas about African culture to a mass public. Pioneering in its research, this book offers valuable insights for art and design historians, historians of imperialism and anthropology, anthropologists, and museologists.
Categories: Social Science

Keyframes Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies

Keyframes  Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies

It is also work that animates the deep pleasures of the popular culture text ... cultural practices so therefore the only strategy left is to intermingle ...

Author: Matthew Tinkcom

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134631575

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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Keyframes introduces the study of popular cinema of Hollywood and beyond and responds to the transformative effect of cultural studies on film studies. The contributors rethink contemporary film culture using ideas and concerns from feminism, queer theory, 'race' studies, critiques of nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism, the cultural economies of fandom, spectator theory, and Marxism. Combining a film studies focus on the film industry, production and technology with a cultural studies analysis of consumption and audiences, Keframes demonstrates the breadth of approaches now available for understanding popular cinema. Subjects addressed include: * Studying Ripley and the 'Alien' films * Pedagogy and Political Correctness in Martial Arts cinema * Judy Garland fandom on the net * Stardom and serial fantasies: Thomas Harris's 'Hannibal' * Tom Hanks and the globalization of stars * Queer Bollywood * Jackie Chan and the Black connection * '12 Monkeys', postmodernism and urban space.
Categories: Social Science

Strategies for Governing

Strategies for Governing

Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century Alasdair Roberts ... of thought”—that is, popular culture as well as the design of institutions.

Author: Alasdair Roberts

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501745607

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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With the fields of public administration and public management suffering a crisis of relevance, Alasdair Roberts offers a provocative assessment of their shortfalls. The two fields, he finds, no longer address urgent questions of governance in a turbulent and dangerous world. Strategies for Governing offers a new path forward for research, teaching, and practice. Leaders of states, Roberts writes, are constantly reinventing strategies for governing. Experts in public administration must give advice on the design as well as execution of strategies that effective, robust, and principled. Strategies for Governing challenges us to reinvigorate public administration and public management, preparing the fields for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Categories: Political Science

Reinventing Order in the Congo

Reinventing Order in the Congo

Popular culture also spread the word. ... New needs, expectations and strategies HIV and other infectious diseases that threaten particularly vulnerable ...

Author: Theodore Trefon

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848137677

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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Kinshasa is sub-Saharan Africa‘s second largest city. The seven million Congolese who live there have a rich reputation for the courageous and innovative ways in which they survive in a harsh urban environment. They have created new social institutions, practices, networks and ways of living to deal with the collapse of public provision and a malfunctioning political system. This book describes how ordinary people, in the absence of formal sector jobs, hustle for a modest living; the famous ‘bargaining‘ system ordinary Kinois have developed; and how they access food, water supplies, health and education. The NGO-ization of service provision is analysed, as is the quite rare incidence of urban riots. The contributors also look at popular discourses, including street rumor, witchcraft, and attitudes to ‘big men‘ such as musicians and preachers. This is urban sociology at its best - richly empirical, unjargonized, descriptive of the lives of ordinary people, and weaving into its analysis how they see and experience life.
Categories: Social Science

Politics and Popular Culture

Politics and Popular Culture

A third line of attack – the most insidious, says Grossberg – comes through the incorporation of popular culture into the strategies and propaganda of ...

Author: John Street

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745668680

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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In an age where film stars become presidents and politicians appear in pop videos, politics and popular culture have become inextricably interlinked. In this exciting new book, John Street provides a broad survey and analysis of this relationship.
Categories: Political Science

Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer

Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer

Insight into Fusion's intended audience can be glimpsed from the network's positioning strategy, which states: Fusion is a news, pop culture and satire TV ...

Author: Christopher Chávez

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498506649

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer examines the relationship between language ideologies and the exploitation of markets within the television industry. A proliferation of television networks owned by large media conglomerates are attempting to reach U.S. Latino viewers with English-language programming. As these dominant mainstream networks enter the Hispanic television space, they are redefining the Latino audience in ways that more closely resemble the mainstream population.
Categories: Social Science