Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination

Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination represents a call for greater clarity about what we’re fighting for—not just what we’re fighting against.

Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination

Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination

How popular culture is engaged by activists to effect emancipatory political change One cannot change the world unless one can imagine what a better world might look like. Civic imagination is the capacity to conceptualize alternatives to current cultural, social, political, or economic conditions; it also requires the ability to see oneself as a civic agent capable of making change, as a participant in a larger democratic culture. Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination represents a call for greater clarity about what we’re fighting for—not just what we’re fighting against. Across more than thirty examples from social movements around the world, this casebook proposes “civic imagination” as a framework that can help us identify, support, and practice new kinds of communal participation. As the contributors demonstrate, young people, in particular, are turning to popular culture—from Beyoncé to Bollywood, from Smokey Bear to Hamilton, from comic books to VR—for the vernacular through which they can express their discontent with current conditions. A young activist uses YouTube to speak back against J. K. Rowling in the voice of Cho Chang in order to challenge the superficial representation of Asian Americans in children’s literature. Murals in Los Angeles are employed to construct a mythic imagination of Chicano identity. Twitter users have turned to #BlackGirlMagic to highlight the black radical imagination and construct new visions of female empowerment. In each instance, activists demonstrate what happens when the creative energies of fans are infused with deep political commitment, mobilizing new visions of what a better democracy might look like.

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Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Gabriel Peters-Lazaro
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-04 - Publisher: NYU Press

How popular culture is engaged by activists to effect emancipatory political change One cannot change the world unless one can imagine what a better world might look like. Civic imagination is the capacity to conceptualize alternatives to current cultural, social, political, or economic conditions; it also requires the ability to
The Humanities and the Civic Imagination
Language: en
Pages: 419
Authors: James Frank Veninga
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: University of North Texas Press

For those who believe that the humanities in America are in trouble, suffering from over-specialization and never-ending intramural conflicts, this collection of addresses and essays provides much needed hope. Since the early 1970s, state humanities councils, working under a Congressional mandate, have developed important models of how the study of
Practicing Futures
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, Sangita Shresthova
Categories: Civics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher: Peter Lang Incorporated, International Academic Publishers

Practicing Futures: A Civic Imagination Action Handbook is a practical guide for community leaders, educators, creative professionals and change-makers who want to sharpen their visions for the future and understandings of the how the past affects them.
Art and the City
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Sarah Schrank
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-01 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

"Art and the City" explores the contentious relationship between civic politics and visual culture in Los Angeles. Struggles between civic leaders and modernist artists to define civic identity and control public space highlight the significance of the arts as a site of political contest in the twentieth century.
Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene
Language: en
Pages: 441
Authors: Donna Anne Buchanan
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher:

Accompanying CD-ROM contains ... "plates ..., sound recordings ... [and] video recordings." Detailed description of the CD-ROM contents on pp. xi-xiv.

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