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Spaces of New Colonialism

Reading Schools, Museums and Cities in the Tumult of Globalization

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Edited by Cameron McCarthy, Koeli Moitra Goel, Ergin Bulut, Warren Crichlow, Brenda Nyandiko Sanya and Bryce Henson

Spaces of New Colonialism is an edited volume of 16 essays and interviews by prominent and emerging scholars who examine how the restructuring of capitalist globalization is articulated to key sites and institutions that now cut an ecumenical swath across human societies. The volume is the product of sustained, critical rumination on current mutations of space and material and cultural assemblages in key institutional flashpoints of contemporary societies undergoing transformations sparked by neoliberal globalization. The flashpoints foregrounded in this edited volume are concentrated in the nexus of schools, museums and the city. The book features an intense transnational conversation within an online collective of scholars who operate in a variety of disciplines and speak from a variety of locations that cut across the globe, north and south. Spaces of New Colonialism began as an effort to connect political dynamics that commenced with the Arab spring and uprisings and protests against white-on-black police violence in US cities to a broader reading of the career, trajectory and effects of neoliberal globalization.

Contributors look at key flashpoints or targets of neoliberalism in present-day societies: the school, the museum and the city. Collectively, they maintain that the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit movement in England marked a political maturation, not a mere aberration, of some kind—evidence of some new composition of forces, new and intensifying forms of stratification, ultimately new colonialism—that now distinctively characterizes this period of neoliberal globalization.

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Movements for Change

How Individuals, Social Media and Al Jazeera Are Changing Pakistan, Egypt and Tunisia

Rauf Arif

This book explores social media as an alternative channel of communication and resistance in Pakistan, Tunisia and Egypt, and argues that the term "Arab Spring" limits the scope of acknowledgement for the ongoing online and offline political uprisings in the Muslim World, which started beyond the geographical boundaries of the Middle East. Beginning with an exploration of the pivotal role of Al Jazeera and how it used social media content from protestors to make the uprisings a global conversation, this book takes readers through an overview of creative political protests in each of the three case countries, before delving into an in-depth examination of a specific icon that sparked each revolution in question, and an overview of social movements and the politico-cultural context in each country. In closing, this book offers an understanding on how the new collective memories of nations using social media to protest will affect future generations who are striving to rise against authoritarian regimes, including the Algerian Spring that is ongoing in 2019.

This book can appeal to a wide range of audiences, both inside and outside the academic world. Within academia, courses covering topics such as social media, social movements, comparative politics, Middle Eastern studies and global communication could use this book as a learning tool. In non-academic settings, journalism practitioners could benefit from this book to examine how social media can be an alternate media in the absence of traditional media, and how traditional news media outlets can collaborate with and utilize social media to perform their journalistic duty in oppressive regimes.

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Alternative Spaces/Transformative Places

Democratizing Unruliness in an Age of Austerity

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Joshua D. Atkinson and Clayton Rosati

Alternative Spaces/Transformative Places addresses the rise of unruly spaces in society, as well as communicative strategies that citizens and activists may use to democratize them. With the widespread use of austerity measures by governments and cities, unruly spaces are an increasing fixture in our modern world. Cities such as Flint and Detroit in Michigan, Berlin in Germany, and even regions of rural America, have all been damaged by the neoliberal policies that have left cityscapes and physical environments altered and unrecognizable. We now understand that unruliness has become a constant in contemporary globalized society.

As such austerity has degraded infrastructure, depleted local economies, and poisoned neighborhoods, we feel citizens must be empowered to reclaim such unruly spaces themselves. The book explores different strategies for the democratization of such spaces in urban environments, and the potential and problems of each. Such strategies can create alternative perceptions and alter pathways through those spaces—even connect communities hidden from one another.

Students and scholars of urban communication and community activism, as well as human geography, will find the concepts and strategies explored in this book useful. The discussions related to austerity measures provide context for many contemporary neighborhoods and communities that have come to be neglected, while the chapters concerning unruly spaces provide explanations for the difficulty with such neglected or degraded environments. Finally, the illustration of different communicative strategies for the democratization of unruly spaces will demonstrate the possibilities for empowerment within communities that face such problems.

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Marouf Hasian, Jr.

Decolonizing Ebola Rhetorics Following the 2013-2016 West African Ebola Outbreak defends the position that, despite the supposed “lessons” that have been learned about the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the 2013–2016 West African Ebola outbreak, there remains a need to “decolonize” the rhetorics of Ebola prevention and containment. The author asserts that the failure of governments, aid organizations, and global media to confront the structural and material legacies of colonialism in West Africa will prevent global communities from adequately dealing with sporadic Ebola outbreaks. Central to the book’s argument is that far too many communities in the “global North” are unwilling to spend the hundreds of billions of dollars that are needed for the prevention of endemic and epidemic diseases in the “global South.” Instead of coping with the impoverished legacies of colonialism, organizations like the World Health Organization support the use of small groups of “Ebola hunters” who swoop down during crises and put out EVD outbreaks using emergency health techniques. The author demonstrates how Western-oriented ways of dealing with EVD have made it difficult to convince West African populations—wary of emergency interventions after a long history of colonial medical experimentation in Africa—that those in the West truly care about the prevention of the next Ebola outbreak. Decolonizing Ebola Rhetorics ultimately argues that as long as global journalists and elite public health officials continue to blame bats, bushmeat, or indigenous burial practices for the spread of Ebola, the necessary decolonization of Ebola rhetorics will be forestalled. The author concludes the book by offering critiques of the real lessons that are learned by those who try to securitize or military Ebola containment efforts.

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Pin Up! The Subculture

Negotiating Agency, Representation & Sexuality with Vintage Style

Kathleen M. Ryan

Dangerous. Sexy. All-American—or rather All-World—Girl. Pin Up! The Subculture is the first ever book to explore the contemporary international subculture of pin up, women (and men) who embrace vintage style, but not vintage values.

Award-winning filmmaker and author Kathleen M. Ryan spent more than 5 years in the subculture. It’s a world of cat eye makeup, carefully constructed hairstyles, and retro-inspired fashions. But it’s also a world that embraces the ideals of feminism. Beauty, according to the pin up, is found not in body type or skin color, but in the confidence and sexual agency of the individual. Pin ups see their subculture as a way to exert empowerment and control of their own sexual and social identities—something that is part of the pin up’s historical legacy.

The lavishly illustrated book includes interviews with more than 50 international pin ups, and helps readers to understand how they use social media and personal interactions to navigate thorny issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, sizeism, and other difficult topics. Ryan demonstrates how even within subcultures, identity is far from homogeneous. Pin ups use the safety of their shared subcultural values to advocate for social and political change.

A fascinating combination of cultural history, media studies, and oral history, Pin Up! The Subculture is the story about how a subculture is subverting and reviving an historic aesthetic for the twenty-first century.

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Edited by Yalçın Kahya

As a result of the developments in the IT sector, social media has become an effective phenomenon in political, economic, social and cultural terms. Social media emerges as a structure that touches all areas of life. In this study, social media is evaluated as a whole in terms of individual categories as well as individual use. In addition, it is aimed to explain the term of social media, its application areas, what is its purpose and the positive and negative factors it brings with it. Social media is presented to the reader by analyzing it by different disciplines.

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Medienkulturen

Multimodalität und Intermedialität

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Edited by Hartmut E. H. Lenk, Hans W. Giessen, Susanne Tienken and Liisa Tiittula

In unserem Dasein sind Medien heute omnipräsent. Uns umgeben ständig mediatisierte Welten mit je eigenen Kulturen, wo Bedeutungen mittels spezifischer technischer Möglichkeiten hervorgebracht und geprägt werden. Die jüngere Entwicklung ist durch Vernetzung und zunehmende Technisierung charakterisiert. Dies führt zu neuen Formen der Multimodalität, d.h. der gleichzeitigen Nutzung verschiedener Zeichenkodes, und zu Medienwechsel, Medienkombination und intermedialen Bezügen. Der Band geht der Frage nach, welche Konsequenzen diese Entwicklung für die Ausprägung kultureller und sprachlicher Praktiken hat. Neben Grundsatzfragen der Medienkulturlinguistik stehen diskurslinguistische Analysen sowie Untersuchungen zu multimodalen Medienformaten, zum Medienwechsel und Medienvergleich im Fokus.

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Working in the Margins

Domestic and International Minority Women in Higher Education

Edited by Carolyn "Carolina" Rosas Webber

The major theme for this book is that differences in identity continue to matter in all aspects of culture including the classroom and academic workplace. Women in academia continue to experience racism, ethnocentrism, nativism, sexism, and classism in higher education. Working in the Margins is an edited volume comprised of works by domestic and international communication scholars of diverse backgrounds in citizenship, language, ethnicity, race, class and educational heritage (first or second generation college educated). The title of this collection is a double entendre of the marginal place the contributors occupy in U.S. systems of higher education and how they reclaim these ascribed positions by invoking their bodies as text and communicating their stories of difference. Each chapter draws on critical and feminist perspectives and also intersectionality to develop critical strategies for teaching, surviving and/or thriving in higher education. The authors use autoethnography and other forms of storytelling to illuminate how they work in the margins of their difference to transform student learning and minority experiences in higher education. This volume is an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and administrators in various fields of study, and particularly communication, education and ethnic studies. It is an important volume for students and scholars seeking to understand complex relationships among communication, identity, and power; seeing critical pedagogy at work; and using qualitative methodology. It is a highly recommended book for women and people of color transitioning from graduate school to professional academic positions.

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Edited by Ömer Aydinlioglu

Advertising is a broad concept and has an ever-shifting nature. The methods and strategies are differing day by day. The practice fields of advertising vary relatively and largely, and the consumers of today like Y and Z generations make it necessary for the corporations to take the essential precautions. Against the current conjunctures and fluctuations in technology, economy and politics, advertising is one of the key concepts that the corporations focus on. In this sense, the book gathers 12 different chapters related to advertising. The chapters contain valuable and up-to-date information on advertising. This study will not only broaden the reader’s horizon but also fulfil the increasing need in the field of contemporary advertising.

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Der Deutsche Erfolgsfilm

Determinanten erfolgreicher Kinofilme und Typisierung eines «Deutschen Geschmacks» im Kontext zuschauerrelevanter Kriterien der Filmauswahl

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Franziska An der Gassen

Filmemachen ist ein Hochrisikogeschäft, in dem es meist um Millionen geht. Trotzdem verlässt sich die deutsche Filmbranche überwiegend auf ihr sogenanntes «Bauchgefühl».

Diese Untersuchung versucht erstmals, erfolgsinduzierte Regelmäßigkeiten und Cluster innerhalb der erfolgreichsten deutschen Kinofilme sichtbar zu machen. Warum haben sich Zuschauer konkret für einen Kinofilm entschieden? Welche morphologischen Prozesse liefen ab? Wie sind die erfolgreichsten deutschen Kinofilme hinsichtlich ihres Filmthemas, Story, Zeitgeist, Erzählton, Genre, Schauspieler, Regie, Vorlage, Budget, Vertriebspower, Besuchsgrund usw. beschaffen? Lassen sich wiederkehrende «Deutsche Präferenzen» und eine «Deutsche Kinematografie des Erfolgs» detektieren?

Die Ergebnisse dieser Untersuchung ermöglichen der Filmbranche einen Schritt weg vom «Bauchgefühl» hin zu bewussteren Entscheidungen...