Exploring the central themes in modern American cultural studies and discussing how these themes can be interpreted, American Cultural Studies offers a wide-ranging overview of different aspects of American cultural life such as religion, gender and sexuality, regionalism, and ethnicity and immigration.
The fourth edition has been revised throughout to take into account the developments of the last four years. Updates and revisions include:
discussion of Barack Obama's time in the White House
consideration of `Hemispheric American Studies' and the increasing debates about globalisation and the international role of the USA
long-form television and American Studies
up-to-date case studies, such as Girls, The Wire and Orange is the New Black
more material on Detroit, the Mexican border, same-sex relationships and Islam in America
updated further reading lists and new follow-up work.
Illustrated throughout, containing follow-up questions and further reading at the end of each chapter, and accompanied by a companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/campbell) providing further study resources, American Cultural Studies is a core text and an accessible guide to the interdisciplinary study of American culture.
Neil Campbell is Professor in American Studies at the University of Derby, UK. His recent publications include Post-Westerns (2013), The Rhizomatic West: Representing the American West in a Transnational, Global, Media Age (2008), The Cultures of the American New West (2000) and The Radiant Hour: Versions of Youth in American Culture (2000). Alasdair Kean is a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Derby, UK.
List of figures. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. New beginnings: American culture and identity 2. Ethnicity and immigration: between many worlds 3. African Americans: 'I don't sing other people's voices' 4. In God we trust?: Religion in American life 5. Approaches to regionalism: the West and the South 6. The American city: 'The old knot of contrariety' 7. Gender and sexuality: 'To break the old circuits' 8. Representing youth: outside the sunken nursery 9. The Spread of Freedom 10. The transmission of American culture. Index