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Cinematic Sociology

Author : Jean-Anne Sutherland
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Cinematic Sociology is a one-of-a-kind resource that helps students to view films sociologically while also providing much needed pedagogy for teaching sociology through film. In this engaging text the authors take readers beyond watching movies and help them see films sociologically while also developing critical thinking and analytical skills that will be useful in college coursework and beyond. The book's 15 essays from expert scholars in sociology and cultural studies explore the ways social life is presented - distorted, magnified, or politicized - in popular film.

Social Life in the Movies

Author : James J. Dowd
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Through an analysis of hundreds of Hollywood movies, this book examines some of the most contentious social issues of our time, including racism, social inequality, sexism, and gerontophobia. With studies of some of the most enduring film genres in Hollywood’s history, including romantic films such as Casablanca, war movies from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, alienation films, including Five Easy Pieces and Lost in Translation, the school movie, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to other films set in academia, including Dead Poets Society and Dangerous Minds, the book outlines and demonstrates the sociological approach to viewing films and highlights the socially conservative nature of much Hollywood movie production, which draws on common stereotypes and reinforces dominant cultural values - but is also capable of challenging and serving to change them.

Movies as Social Criticism

Author : Ian Charles Jarvie
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"...a fine introduction to the study of film criticism and the impact on films and society..."--CHOICE

Philippine Social Life and Progress

Author : Eufronio Melo Alip
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The Drama of Social Life

Author : T. R. Young
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These essays explore the many ways theater and dramaturgy are used to shape the everyday experience of people in mass societies. Young argues that technologies combine with the world of art, music, and cinema to shape consciousness as a commodity and to fragment social relations in the market as well as in religion and politics. He sees the central problem of post-modern society as how to live in a world constructed by human beings without nihilism on the one hand or repressive dogmatism on the other. Young argues that in advanced monopoly capitalism, dramaturgy has replaced coercion as the management tool of choice for the control of consumers, workers, voters and state functionaries. Young calls this process the "colonization of desire." Desire is colonized by the use of dramaturgy, mass media, and the various forms of art in order to generate consumers, vesting desire in ownership and display rather than in interpersonal relationships with profound consequence for marriage, kinship, friendship and community. While Young focuses his critique on capitalist societies undergoing great changes, he insists that the same developments are to be found in bureaucratically organized socialist societies. The Drama of Social Life is of interest to those who study theories of moral development, cultural studies, the uses of leisure, politics, or simply the uses of "make believe." It is intended for the informed lay public as much as for social psychologists.

Suicide Movies

Author : Steven Stack
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How is suicide portrayed in the cinema and what does it mean for suicide prevention? The first-ever comprehensive study of film suicide analyzes more than 1,500 film suicides. The portrayal of suicide in cinema can impact public understanding and effective prevention of suicide. This book presents the first-ever comprehensive analysis of how suicide has been portrayed in films over 110 years, based on a thorough evaluation of more than 1,500 film suicides – 1,377 in American films, 135 in British films. One striking finding is that while the research literature generally attributes suicide to individual psychiatric or mental health issues, cinema and film solidly endorse more social causes. In a compelling blend of social science and humanities approaches, the authors use quantitative methods, as well as the voices of scriptwriters, directors, actors, and actresses, dozens of illustrative frame-grabs, and numerous case examples to answer core questions such as: Are we guilty of over-neglecting social factors in suicide prevention and research? Do cinematic portrayals distort or accurately reflect the nature of suicide in the real world? Has film presentation of suicide changed over 110 years? What are the literary roots of cinema portrayals? This unique book makes fascinating reading for all concerned with suicide prevention, as well as areas such as sociology, film and media studies, and mass communication.


Author : Howard Jacob Bonser
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Illuminating Social Life

Author : Peter Kivisto
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With contributions by leading scholars, this book shows how classical and contemporary social theories can be used to shed new light on such topics as the Internet, the world of work, fast food restaurants, prostitution, shopping malls, alcohol use, body building, sales and service, and new religious movements.

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

Author : Jim Collins
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Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever. They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

Philippine Social Life and Progress

Author : Conrado O. Benitez
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A Social History of Iranian Cinema Volume 1

Author : Hamid Naficy
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A comprehensive social history of Iranian cinema address documentaries, popular genres, and art films and explores the role of film and media in shaping a modern national identity in Iran.

A Companion to Film Theory

Author : Toby Miller
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This volume of specially commissioned work by experts in the field of film studies provides a comprehensive overview of the field. Its international and interdisciplinary approach will have a broad appeal to those interested in this multifaceted subject. Provides a major collection of specially commissioned work by experts in the field of film studies. Represents material under a variety of headings, including class, race, gender, queer theory, nation, stars, ethnography, authorship, and spectatorship. Offers an international approach to the subject, including coverage of topics such as genre, image, sound, editing, culture industries, early cinema, classical Hollywood, and TV relations and technology. Includes concise chapter-by-chapter accounts of the background and current approaches to each topic, followed by a prognostication on the future. Considers cinema studies in relation to other forms of knowledge, such as critical studies, anthropology, and literature.

The Presentation of Self in Contemporary Social Life

Author : David Shulman
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The Presentation of Self in Contemporary Social Life covers the popular theories of Erving Goffman, and shows modern applications of dramaturgical analysis in a wide range of social contexts. David Shulman’s innovative new text demonstrates how Goffman’s ideas, first introduced in 1959, continue to inspire research into how we manage the impressions that others form about us. He synthesizes the work of contemporary scholars who use dramaturgical approaches from several disciplines, who recognize that many values, social norms, and laws have changed since Goffman’s time, and that contemporary society offers significant new forms of impression management that we can engage in and experience. After a general introduction to dramaturgical sociology, readers will see many examples of how Goffman’s ideas can provide powerful insights into familiar aspects of contemporary life today, including business and the workplace, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and the digital world.

Women Labor Activists in the Movies

Author : Jennifer L. Borda
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Some of the most indelible images of women in recent American film have been of working women fighting for labor reform or to expose corporate corruption. This critical text explores films with female labor activists as main protagonists, illuminating issues of gender and class while depicting the challenges of working class women. Films covered include Salt of the Earth, Pajama Game, Union Maids, With Babies and Banners, Norma Rae, Silkwood, and Live Nude Girls Unite! Through comparative analysis, the text examines the responses of these films to the labor and feminist movements of the last half century, and how American cinema has articulated notions of disempowerment, ambivalence and, at times, the resistance of both women and the working class at large.

The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film

Author : Chris Beasley
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Adopting and developing a ‘cultural politics’ approach, this comprehensive study explores how Hollywood movies generate and reflect political myths about social and personal life that profoundly influence how we understand power relations. Instead of looking at genre, it employs three broad categories of film. ‘Security’ films present ideas concerning public order and disorder, citizen–state relations and the politics of fear. ‘Relationalities’ films highlight personal and intimate politics, bringing norms about identities, gender and sexuality into focus. In ‘socially critical’ films, particular issues and ideas are endowed with more overtly political significance. The book considers these categories as global political technologies implicated in hegemonic and ‘soft power’ relations whose reach is both deep and broad.

Teaching History with Message Movies

Author : Jennifer Frost
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This book is a resource for teaching US history using social problem films—“message movies”—as illustrations and tools for student engagement. In addition to covering key themes and concepts, this book provides an overview of significant issues, a tutorial for using film in history classes, user guides for thinking about social problems on screen, and sample exercises and assignments for classroom use.

Virtual Augmented and Mixed Reality Industrial and Everyday Life Applications

Author : Jessie Y. C. Chen
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The 2 volume-set of LNCS 12190 and 12191 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2020, which was due to be held in July 2020 as part of HCI International 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 1439 papers and 238 posters have been accepted for publication in the HCII 2020 proceedings from a total of 6326 submissions. The 71 papers included in these HCI 2020 proceedings were organized in topical sections as follows: Part I: design and user experience in VAMR; gestures and haptic interaction in VAMR; cognitive, psychological and health aspects in VAMR; robots in VAMR. Part II: VAMR for training, guidance and assistance in industry and business; learning, narrative, storytelling and cultural applications of VAMR; VAMR for health, well-being and medicine.

Movies and Methods

Author : Bill Nichols
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Fifty theoretical essays by distinctively original and influential film critics and filmmakers are grouped in categories having to do with general considerations, structuralism-semiology, political factors, genre, feminism, auteur theory, and mise-en-scene

Studies in Visual Communication

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Nixon at the Movies

Author : Mark Feeney
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An in-depth examination of Richard Nixon's career draws on biography, politics, cultural history, and film criticism to show how Nixon's character, and the nation's, is refracted and reimagined in film.