Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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246 pages
6 x 9 inches
May 2018
Print ISBN: 9781551309545


Overview

Adopting a historical-critical perspective, From Flappers to Rappers traces the origins of youth in the Roaring Twenties, a distinct form of culture that was revived by the rock and roll rebels of the 1950s, to an increasingly inclusive Digital era at the turn of the 21st century. Positioning youth culture as a 20th century social experiment that is coming to an end, Marcel Danesi discusses the various musically-defined eras that saw rise to hippie culture, punk, disco, and the hip-hop movement, among other social groups. The chapters explore how these generations were instrumental in the fight against racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual repression. This accessible book analyzes how society is evolving in an age of globalization and new technologies that threaten youth culture, and questions what this shift implies for the world today. This textbook is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Features

  • includes an accompanying workbook for students
  • timely content that is relevant internationally
  • features sections on iconic artists such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 — Origins: From the Construction of Adolescence to the Roaring Twenties
Prologue
Adolescence
Romanticism
Flappers
The Jazz Era
The Mass Media
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dada, and Futurism
Epilogue

Chapter 2 — Rebirth and Rebellion: The 1950s
Prologue
Elvis Presley
Rebellion
Coolness
The Rock Era
Beat Writers and Pop Art
Holden Caulfield, Happy Days, and The Truman Show
Epilogue

Chapter 3 — Revolution: The counterculture Era
Prologue
The Beatles
The Counterculture Era
The Hippies
Cooption
Influences
Epilogue

Chapter 4 — Mutation: The Post-Counterculture Era
Prologue
Metal
Punk
Goth
Sexual Personae
Disco
Rave
Epilogue

Chapter 5 — Integration: Rap and Hip-Hop
Prologue
Origins
Rap
Hip-Hop
Gangsta Culture
Epilogue

Chapter 6 — Demise: The Day the Music Died
Prologue

Technology and the Mass Media
Cyberspace
Meme Culture
Adolescence Revised
The Day the Music Died
Epilogue

Notes
Index

Reviews

Instructor Resources


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