Iconic Events

Iconic Events : Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History

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Iconic Events explores the social forces that have shaped the meanings around and enduring significance of events that have captured the public's imagination, including: Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Columbine, and September 11th. The book focuses on three interpretive phases including journalistic representations, political appropriations, and popular adaptations and pays particular attention to the development of dominant and resistive event narratives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739115197
  • 9780739115190

About Patricia Leavy

Patricia Leavy is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College.show more

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[The] analysis is thoughtful and provides a foundation for scholars and general readers interested in these particular events, as well as a possible model for scholars assessing other events' and individuals' places in U.S. collective memory... Recommended. CHOICE, March 2008 Patricia Leavy casts a critical eye on how mass-mediated iconography contributes to the contested construction of collective historical memory. By examining competing "communities of memory" at the social intersections of power, resistance, and the marketplace,Iconic Events makes important contributions to the sociology of popular culture, and to what nations remember about themselves and what they forget. -- Stephen Pfohl, professor of sociology, Boston College, and author of Death at the Parasite Cafe, Images of Deviance and Social Control and Leftshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Iconic Events: Public Imagination and Social Memory Chapter 2 2. Historical Sketches of Events Chapter 3 3. The Represented Event: Journalism's Initial Spin Chapter 4 4. The Representational Event: Political Appropriations Chapter 5 5. Iconic Events in Popular Culture Chapter 6 6. The Significance of Iconic Eventsshow more

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