An introduction to a special issue on, "Cultural Production in a Digital Age," points out how digital libraries & electronic communication networks have facilitated scholarly production & changed the way scholars & academic institutions operate. The articles in this volume explore how new technologies have altered cultural production in a wide range of fields, from journalism to gambling, social movements to marketing. Some specific topics discussed by the multi-disciplinary contributors include the fate of cultural products distributed through digital channels; relationships between technological development & the political economy of media, marketing, & entertainment fields; the nature of cultural politics online; & the existence of digital clusters. The three organizing schools of thought that address, & often disagree, about the extent, pace, & character of cultural changes generated by digital technologies are identified as digital revolutionaries; cyber-skeptics; & cultural evolutionists. Key arguments of each school are explored, along with the advantages/disadvantages of the sociology of culture approach for analyzes of the role of new technologies. 61 References. J. Lindroth
Introduction: rethinking African cultural production / Frieda Ekotto and Kenneth W. Harrow -- The critical present: where is "African literature"? / Eileen Julien -- African writers challenge conventions of postcolonial literary history / Olabode Ibironke -- Provocations: African societies and theories of creativity / Moradewun Adejunmobi -- In praise of the alphabet / Patrice Nganang -- African cultural studies: of travels, accents, and epistemologies / Tejumola Olaniyan -- Le freak, c'est critical and chic: North African scholars and the conditions of cultural production in post-9/11 U.S. academia / Lamia Benyoussef -- Reading "beur" film production otherwise: the poetics of the human and the transcultural / Safoi Babana-Hampton -- Revealing the past, conceptualizing the future on-screen: the social, political, and economic challenges of contemporary filmmaking in Morocco / Valerie K. Orlando -- Thresholds of new African dramaturgies in France today / Maria Minich Brewer -- Island geography as creole biography: Shenaz Patel's Mauritian literary production / Magali Compan
As part of a deconstruction of national identity, Jennifer Jolly, in her Creating Pátzcuaro, Creating Mexico: Art, Tourism, and Nation Building under Lázaro Cárdenas, analyzes the tourist town of Pátzcuaro in the west-central Mexican state of Michoacán as a microcosm of cultural power in which tourism, art, history, and ethnicity were woven together under the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas del Río (1934–40).
"In this book, Goriunova offers a critical analysis of the processes that produce digital culture. Digital cultures thrive on creativity, developing new forces of organization to overcome repetition and reach brilliance. In order to understand the processes that produce culture, the author introduces the concept of the art platform. An art platform is a specific configuration of creative passions, codes, events, individuals and works that are propelled by cultural currents and maintained through digitally native means. Art platforms can occur in numerous contexts bringing about genuinely new cultural production, that, given enough force, come together to sustain an open mechanism while negotiating social, technical and political modes of power.Amateur and folklore work, aesthetic forms of organization and geeky publics, creativity, freedom, and humour are reinterpreted in the theoretical apparatus offered in this book and tested through case studies derived globally. Software art, digital forms of literature, 8-bit music, 3D art forms, pro-surfers, and networks of geeks are test beds for enquiry into what brings and holds art platforms together. Goriunova provides new means of understanding the development of cultural forms on the Internet, placing the phenomena of participatory and social networks in a conceptual and historical perspective, and offering powerful tools for researching cultural phenomena overlooked by other approaches. This book an invaluable resource for scholars of digital media and cultural studies, and a readership involved in every kind of network culture."--
The womanist dancing mind : cavorting with culture and evil -- Sites of memory : proceedings too terrible to relate -- Vanishing into limbo : the moral dilemma of identity as property and commodity -- Invisible things spoken : uninterrogated coloredness -- Legends are memories greater than memories : Black reparations in the United States as subtext to Christian triumphalism and empire -- To pick one's own cotton : religious values, public policy, and women's moral autonomy -- Growing like topsy : solidarity in the work of dismantling evil -- Everydayness : beginning notes on dismantling the cultural production of evil