States of Emergency

States of Emergency : Essays on Culture and Politics

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In his latest book, Patrick Brantlinger probes the state of contemporary America. Brantlinger takes aim at neoliberal economists, the Tea Party movement, gun culture, immigration, waste value, surplus people, the war on terror, technological determinism, and globalization. An invigorating return to classic cultural studies with its concern for social justice and challenges to economic orthodoxy, States of Emergency is a delightful mix of journalism, satire, and theory that addresses many of the most pressing issues of our more

Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253010195
  • 9780253010193

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Deeply researched (with full footnotes and bibliography), carefully thought out, and eloquently argued, [States of Emergency] offer[s] a refreshing relief from the babble of mainstream social and political commentary, and a source of hopeful vision against the varied voices of apocalypse. * The Ryder *show more

About Patrick M. Brantlinger

Patrick Brantlinger is James Rudy Professor of English (Emeritus) at Indiana University Bloomington. His books include The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (IUP, 1998); Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay; Crusoe's Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America; Who Killed Shakespeare? What's Happened to English since the Radical Sixties; and Taming Cannibals: Race and the more

Table of contents

Preface I. Class Conflicts1. Cultural Studies and Class War2. "It's the Economy, Stupid!"3. Tea Party Brewhaha4. Shooters5. What's the Matter with Mexico?6. Waste and Value: Thorstein Veblen and H. G. WellsII. Postmodern Conditions7. Shopping on Red Alert: The Rhetorical Normalization of Terror8. The State of Iraq9. On the Postmodernity of Being Aboriginal--and Australian10. McLuhan, Crash Theory, and the Invasion of the Nanobots11. Army Surplus: Notes on "Exterminism"12. World Social Forum: Multitude versus Empire?NotesWorks Cited Indexshow more