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American Studies: The Basics
American Studies: The Basics
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American Studies: The Basics

Andrew Dix
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American Studies: The Basics

Andrew Dix
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American Studies: The Basics is an accessible and concise introduction that aims to unpack what American studies does and why it matters.

From Moby-Dick to baseball, Hollywood westerns to #BlackLivesMatter, and Disneyland to the U.S. Supreme Court, American studies engages with a myriad of topics in its efforts to understand what the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard called 'social and cultural America.' The book begins by considering how America was studied before American studies' emergence as a recognized discipline in the mid-twentieth century. Successive chapters then explore the rise of American studies, its varied subjects, its distinctive methods of research, its geographical framing, and its politics. Throughout the book, explanatory examples are drawn from across American history and culture. Photographs are examined alongside novels, and historical monuments discussed next to films. The text offers an ideal way into an exciting academic subject of continuing growth and relevance.

This book is a must read for those studying and with an interest in American studies.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2021
ISBN
9781317537830
Topic
History
Subtopic
World History
Edition
1

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