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The Loudons and the Gardening Press: A Victorian Cultural Industry

by Sarah Dewis

Through close readings of individual serials and books Sarah Dewis examines the significant contributions John and Jane Webb Loudon made to the gardening press and democratic discourse. Vilified during their...


The Puritan Culture of America's Military: U.S. Army War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

by Ronald Lorenzo

This book explores Puritanism and its continuing influence on U.S. and military law in the Global War on Terror, exploring connections between Puritanism and notions of responsibility in relation to military...


Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications

by Debbie Rodan, Katie Ellis & Pia Lebeck

Disability, Obesity and Ageing offers an engaging account of a new area of pressing concern, analysing the way in which 'spurned' identities are depicted and reacted to in televisual genres and on-line forums....


Knowledge for Whom?: Public Sociology in the Making

by Christian Fleck & Andreas Hess

This ground-breaking volume is a follow-up to 'Intellectuals and Their Publics'. In contrast to the earlier book, which was mainly concerned with the activity of intellectuals and how it relates to the public,...


News and Civil Society: The Contested Space of Civil Society in UK Media

by Jen Birks

This timely book examines the representation of civil society in news media, exploring the popular understanding of this contested space in relation to conflicting legitimating frames: as the neo-liberal Big...


Food Transgressions: Making Sense of Contemporary Food Politics

by Michael K. Goodman & Colin Sage

Reconnecting so-called alternative food geographies back to the mainstream food system - especially in light of the discursive and material 'transgressions' currently happening between alternative and conventional...


Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss and Beauty in Popular Culture

by Deborah Harris-Moore

Drawing on rich interview material with cosmetic surgery patients and offering fresh analyses of various texts from popular culture, including internationally-screened reality-television, entertainment programs...


Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age

by Alice E. Marwick

Social media technologies such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook promised a new participatory online culture. Yet, technology insider Alice Marwick contends in this insightful book, “Web 2.0” only encouraged...


Democratizing Global Media: One World, Many Struggles

by Yuezhi Zhao, Robert A. Hackett & Majid Tehranian

Democratizing Global Media explores the complex relationship between globalizing media and the spread of democracy around the world. An international, interdisciplinary group of journalists and scholars discusses...


Remake, Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age

by Brooke Erin Duffy

How women's magazines have evolved in today's media landscape


Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution

by Edward Caudill

Creationists' tactics in the culture wars, from the Scopes trial to today


Building Communities: Social Networking for Academic Libraries

by Denise Garofalo

Social media is here to stay. A robust social media campaign can provide academic libraries with a means to showcase library resources, highlight content and events, and attract students to sample what the library...


Writing History in the Digital Age

by Jack Dougherty & Kristen Nawrotzki

Writing History in the Digital Age began as a "what-if" experiment by posing a question: How have Internet technologies influenced how historians think, teach, author, and publish? To illustrate their answer,...


Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media

by Mahriana Rofheart

Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media takes a multimedia approach to examining representations of emigration from Senegal through the analysis of novels, films, hip-hop...


Social Reading: Platforms, Applications, Clouds and Tags

by José-Antonio Cordón-García, Julio Alonso-Arévalo & Raquel Gómez-Díaz

Contemporary developments in the book publishing industry are changing the system as we know it. Changes in established understandings of authorship and readership are leading to new business models in line...


The First Freedoms and America's Culture of Innovation: The Constitutional Foundations of the Aspirational Society

by Narain D. Batra

The First Freedoms and America’s Culture of Innovation explores how the triangulation of the First Freedoms, open and competitive marketplace, and global brain-and-muscle-inflow into the Unites States generates...


Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902-1969: A Corner for Everybody

by Theodore L. Zawistowski & Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

A Corner for Everybody is a unique collection of close to five hundred letters from Polish American readers that were published in the Polish-language weekly Ameryka-Echo between 1902 and 1969. Ameryka-Echo,...


Academic Life and Labour in the New University: Hope and Other Choices

by Ruth Barcan

What does it mean to be an academic today? What kinds of experiences do students have, and how are they affected by what they learn? Why do so many students and their teachers feel like frauds? Can we learn...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

by Olu Jenzen & Sally R. Munt

With contributions from the UK and other European countries, the USA, Australia and Canada, The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures attends to the paranormal as a position from which to critique...


Informing the News

by Thomas E. Patterson

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters...