Monthly Archives: January 2015

Takacs, S. How to Teach Popular Culture – A Teaching Workshop 1/26/2015

“How to Teach Popular Culture” 1/26/2015 – Stacy Takacs workshop Teaching popular culture versus teaching through popular culture – there IS a difference! First, how to define culture: beliefs and practices, material culture – symbol systems – “the glue that holds systems together” and cement social relations Next, what is popular: widely-dispersed, easily accessible, easily-accessed […]

Takacs, Stacy. Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions.

Takacs, Stacy. 2015. Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions. New York: Taylor and Francis. Chapter 4 – “What is the Object of Popular Culture Study?” Study of culture as study of systems of representation – use of ‘texts’ to describe a representational system a la movie, clothing, books, etc. Texts, despite meanings with, are also shaped […]

Johnstone, B. Discourse Analysis. “What Is Discourse Analysis” – Chapter 1

Johnstone, Barbara. Discourse Analysis. Chapter One – What Is Discourse Analysis? Discourse analysis as performing analytical process in a particular way – “examining aspects of the structure and function of language in use” (4). Different divisions in how discourse analysis is performed – deconstruction based on speakers, paragraphs, topic use, subject/predicate relationship. However, often look […]

Edwards, J.A. “The Transcription of Discourse” and 1/23/2015 Class Notes

Edwards, Jane A. “The Transcription of Discourse.” Impossible to use recording alone to understand and dissect multidimensional, overlapping interactions. Transcripts are not unbiased – “Far from being exhausting and objective, they are inherently selective and interpretive. The researcher chooses what types of information to preserve, which descriptive categories to use, and how to display the […]

Pascoe, C.J. 2007. Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School.

Pascoe, C.J. 2007. Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. Los Angeles: University of California Press. Making Masculinity Inability to protect women casts a ghost of emasculation, reclaiming women as augmenting masculinity. Heterosexuality as central to framing of masculinity. Masculinity through a process of muscularization; effeminate and high-voices are used to highlight […]

Cameron, D. 2001. “Collecting Data: Practical and Ethical Considerations.” (Class Notes 1/21/2015)

Cameron, Deborah. 2001.  “Collecting Data: Practical and Ethical Considerations.” In Working with Spoken Discourse, pp. 19-31.  London: Sage Publishers. Spoken language data – audio/video of people talking à transcript à representation of talk in written/graphic form. Finding out how “talk works” – taking on the role of “observer, bystander, or eavesdropper”  (19).  However, “Observers’ Paradox” […]

Kimmel, M. 2012. Manhood in America: A Cultural History.

Kimmel, Michael. 2012. Manhood in America: A Cultural History, 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press. Though male retreats of yore are less common, “many are still searching for authenticity in their relationships to their work, their families, and their friends, and are finding depth, resonance, and fulfillment far closer to home than they ever […]