Blue-Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313391998
  • ISBN-13: 9780313391996
  • DDC: 305.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 714 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Blue-Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore provides a sophisticated, accessible, and entertaining examination of the intersection between American popular culture and working-class life in America. Covering topics as diverse as the attacks of September 11th, union loyalties, religion, trailer parks, professional wrestling, and Elvis Presley, the essays in this two-volume work will appeal to general readers and be valuable to scholars and students studying American popular culture.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Set Introduction.
Blue-Collar Culture Industry: Film, Music, Sport, and the American Working Class.
1: Blue-Collar Film.
2: Blue Collars and Pink Skirts: Female Office Workers in Early and Golden Age Cinema.
3: Striking Women: Gender, Labor, and Working-Class Politics in Film from Salt of the Earth to North Country.
4: Canadian Crossings: Exploring the Borders of Race and Class in Courtney Hunt's Frozen River.
5: Challenging White-Trash Stereotypes: The Question of Class in Bastard out of Carolina.
6: Rednecks in Film: Identity and Power from Deliverance to Cars.
7: Road Work: Smokey and the Bandit and the Trucker Film.
8: City Workers, Country Workers: The Urban and Rural Working Class in Southern Film.
9: Working-Class Children: Disappearing from Contemporary American Children's Films.
10: Reach for the Stars: Imagining the American Dream for Working-Class Teens in Science Fiction Film.
11: “No Free Rides, No Excuses”: Film Stereotypes of Urban Working-Class Students.
12: Blue-Collar Heroes: War Movies and the Working Class.
13: Whistle While We Work: Working-Class Labor in Hollywood Film Musicals from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Newsies.
14: Blue-Collar Music.
15: Workingman's Song: The Blues as Working-Class Music.
16: Going “Stateside”: The Beatles, America, and the Meanings of Class.
17: The Boss and the Workers: Bruce Springsteen as Blue-Collar Icon.
18: Performing Working-Class Patriotism: Musical Responses to 9/11.
19: Blue-Collar Sports.
20: Blue-Collar Ballplayers: Sports Movies and Class in America.
21: Disco, Tattoos, and Tutus: Blue-Collar Performances on Wheels.
22: Driving to Victory: NASCAR in American Culture.
23: Natural Bad Boys: The Rise of Mixed Martial Arts and the New Class of Combat Sport.
Volume 1 Index.
About the Contributors.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Blue-Collar Broadcasting: Television and the American Working Class.
1: Blue-Collar Television.
2: Fred, Homer, and Peter: Working-Class Men in Animated Television from the Flintstones to Family Guy.
3: Citizen Bunker: Archie Bunker as Working-Class Icon.
4: The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry as Working-Class Utopia.
5: Blue Collars/White Trash: The Poor White Stereotype in Blue-Collar Society as Enacted in the Beverly Hillbillies.
6: Poor Southern Whites as the Other in the X-Files and Other Recent Works of Popular Culture.
7: Domestic Goddess: Roseanne as Working-Class Icon.
8: Blue-Collar Science Fiction Television: Working for the Future.
9: Tony Soprano, Postmodern Scholarship Boy: Class in the Sopranos.
10: Working the Case: The Wire and Working-Class Cops on American Television.
11: Rescue Me: Working-Class Content, Middle-Class Style.
12: The Folding of the American Working Class in Mad Men.
13: Class and the Representation of Workers in Children's Television.
14: A Class Act: Cast(e)ing in Kid Nation.
15: When the Travel Channel Eats: Class, Identity, and Eating to Excess in Television Food Shows.
16: Everyday Blue-Collar Culture.
17: The Working Class in American Comics.
18: Si se Puede: Liberation Theology and Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign.
19: Jim Bishop's Colorado Castle: A Self-Made Monument to Work.
20: Money in the Ruins: The Conversion of Abandoned Blue-Collar Worksites into Tourist Attractions.
Volume 2 Index.
About the Contributors.