Culture in the Age of Three Worlds

Culture in the Age of Three Worlds

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Over the last half of the twentieth century, culture moved to the foreground of political and intellectual life. Suddenly everyone discovered that culture had been mass produced like Ford's cars; the masses had culture and culture had mass. Culture was everywhere, no longer the property of the cultured or the cultivated. Radical social movements around the globe invented a politics of culture. Culture in the Age of Three Worlds is a reflection on this cultural turn, which was a fundamental aspect of the age of three worlds, that short half-century between 1945 and 1989 when it was imagined that the world was divided into three--the capitalist first world, the communist second world, and the decolonizing third world. Recasting the legacies of British cultural studies and the radical traditions of the American studies movement in a global context, Michael Denning explores the political and intellectual battles over the meanings of culture, addresses the rise of a distinctive "American ideology", and charts the lineaments of the global cultures that emerged as three worlds gave way to one.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 371g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1859844499
  • 9781859844496
  • 37,565

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"An immense achievement ... the most important book yet written on American culture in the age of the CIO." -- Michael Rogin on The Cultural Front "A fresh and methodologically pathbreaking look at popular or mass-cultural narrative and its ideological function in a specific formative period of North American modernity." -- Fredric Jameson on Mechanic Accents
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About Michael Denning

Michael Denning is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies at Yale University. Among his many publications are The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Mechanic accents: Dime Novels and Working Class Culture in America
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