Race, gender, and deviance in Xbox live : theoretical perspectives from the virtual margins (EBOOK)

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by Kishonna L. Gray, Victor E. Kappeler (Editor)

Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live provides a much-needed theoretical framework for examining deviant behavior and deviant bodies within one of the largest virtual gaming communities—Xbox Live. Previous research on video games has focused mostly on violence and examining violent behavior resulting from consuming this medium. This limited scope has skewed criminologists’ understanding of video games and video game culture. Xbox Live has proven to be more than just a gaming platform for users. It has evolved into a multimedia entertainment outlet for more than 20 million users. This book examines the nature of social interactions within Xbox Live, which are often riddled with deviant behavior, including but not limited to racism and sexism. The text situates video games within a hegemonic framework deploying whiteness and masculinity as the norm. The experiences of the marginalized bodies are situated within the framework of deviance as they fail to conform to the hegemonic norm and become victims of racism, sexism, and other types of harassment.

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Analyzing politics : an introduction to political science

politicsEllen Grigsby

Brief, accessible, and sophisticated, ANALYZING POLITICS, Sixth Edition, presents a clear outline of the discipline of political science and helps students understand the practical and immediate uses of applying analytical approaches to the study of politics. This text is notable for its early coverage of methods and theory and the use of a case study approach–introduced and used to acquire in-depth information about a particular subject while also pointing to its limitations. While the text covers fundamental concepts with contemporary, political examples, discussions of feminism and environmentalism offer a distinct departure from other texts and a unique opportunity to professors and students of political science. The Sixth Edition incorporates a new theme: It introduces the reader to some ways in which political science evaluates and seeks to unravel some of the complexities of 21st century politics. Because politics is rarely straightforward, students of political science need to be prepared for surprises, surprises so multilayered that they can be conceptualized as puzzles or riddles. The new edition confronts these complexities directly and brings them into every chapter of the book.

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The American imperial gothic : popular culture, empire, violence (EBOOK)

gothicJohan Hoglund

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ‘imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism.Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth’s Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

 

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to cheek live! (DVD)

tonyTony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! features a handpicked selection of jazz standards performed by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga from their critically acclaimed #1 album Cheek To Cheek. Filmed on July 28, 2014, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, the special evening aired as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014 on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances.

1. Anything Goes
2. Cheek to Cheek
3. They All Laughed
4. The Lady’s In Love With You
5. Nature Boy
6. Goody Goody
7. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
8. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
9. Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered
10. Firefly
11. I Won’t Dance
12. Don’t Wait Too Long
13. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
14. Lush Life
15. Sophisticated Lady
16.Let’s Face The Music And Dance
17. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
18. But Beautiful
19. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If You Ain’t Got That Swing)
20. Credits

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