Iconic Events explores the social forces that have shaped the meanings around and enduring significance of events that have captured the public's imagination, including: Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Columbine, and September 11th. The book focuses on three interpretive phases including journalistic representations, political appropriations, and popular adaptations and pays particular attention to the development of dominant and resistive event narratives.
Patricia Leavy is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College.
Chapter 1 1. Iconic Events: Public Imagination and Social Memory Chapter 2 2. Historical Sketches of Events Chapter 3 3. The Represented Event: Journalism's Initial Spin Chapter 4 4. The Representational Event: Political Appropriations Chapter 5 5. Iconic Events in Popular Culture Chapter 6 6. The Significance of Iconic Events