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ISBN: 0809326566Издательство: Southern Illinois University Press
Год издания: 2005
Book DescriptionOprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Roseanne Barr, and Britney Spears typify class-passers?those who claim different socioeconomic classes as their own?asserts Gwendolyn Audrey Foster in Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture . According to new rules of social standing in American popular culture, class is no longer defined by wealth, birth, or education. Instead, today?s notion of class reflects a socially constructed and regulated series of performed acts and gestures rooted in the cult of celebrity. In examining the quest for class mobility, Foster deftly traces class-passing through the landscape of popular films, reality television shows, advertisements, the Internet, and video games. She deconstructs the politics of celebrity, fashion, and conspicuous consumerism and analyzes class-passing as it relates to the American Dream, gender, and marriage. Class-Passing draws on dozens of examples from popular culture,...