Pop Culture Panics: How Moral Crusaders Construct Meanings of Deviance and Delinquency
pinball banned in New York between 1942 and 1976? Why were comic books
the target of Senate hearings in the 1950s? Why do some people want to
ban Harry Potter?
POP CULTURE PANICS explores these and other
attempts by moral crusaders to "purify" society by limiting, banning, or
reducing access to video games, movies, music, and other forms of
popular culture. In the process, activists redefine the meanings of
deviance and delinquency.
Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility
this lively hundred-year history of the American Dream and Reality,
Karen Sternheimer shows how the Hollywood Dream Factory promoted that
fantasy of opportunity and distorted the reality of inequality and
social frustration. With a masterly understanding of social and economic
trends and a skillful freading of the celebrity industry, she shows how
the stories of stars shaped how Americans understood their own
-Gary Cross, Pennsylvania State University
NOW IN ITS SECOND EDITION!
Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is Not the Answer
"Karen Sternheimer's new book is a treasure and should be compulsory
reading for anyone interested in media research, sociology, social
policy, and free expression. Her elegant, concise review of key
scholarship proves beyond a doubt that popular culture does not cause
destructive behavior and makes a passionate call for the need to address
the real roots of social ills in our troubled times: poverty,
inequality, and an ailing educational system. More than just an
Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture is an important book."
-Barna Donovan, Saint Peter's University
NOW IN ITS SECOND EDITION!
Kids These Days: Facts and Fictions About Today's Youth
"Kids These Days makes
a critically needed contribution to our understanding of modern youth
and their distorted image in the popular media. It is both
intellectually stimulating and accessible to a wide variety of readers,
including young people themselves. There is an avalanche of perfectly
awful, same-themed books by popular and academic authors, but
Sternheimer takes a radically different approach and has produced a
book that freshens this stifling, sterile climate with dramatically new
-Mike Males, University of California, Santa Cruz
It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Children
clear, sane summary of what's wrong with 'blaming the media' for social
ills, and a passionate argument for supporting and educating our young
people rather than regulating and demonizing them. Sternheimer shows
brilliantly how the comforting but unproven belief that fantasy violence
causes real-world harm deflects attention from our own responsibility
for economic inequality, grossly inadequate public education, and other
real-world causes of youthful despair."
-Marjorie Heins, Director, Free Expression Policy Project
|||Everyday Sociology Reader|
A lively mix of traditional readings, blog posts, and activities to help students connect sociology to their own lives.
Everyday Sociology Reader combines classic and
contemporary readings by sociologists and seeks to meet students where
they are, offering observations on popular culture, family life, news
events, and other aspects of everyday life. Posts from the Everyday
Sociology Blog and traditional readings have been chosen for their
relevance and readability; all are written in an engaging manner in
order to engage students new to sociology and sociological thinking.
|||Childhood in American Society: A Reader|
The thirty four
readings in Childhood in American Society examine how how
definitions of "normal" and "ideal" childhood change across place and
time, and vary with differences of race, class, and gender. They
challenge traditional development and socialization approaches to
studying childhood, and provide many examples based on ethnographies