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Heading for the Scene of the Crash

The Cultural Analysis of America

Lee Drummond

198 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-647-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2018)

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American anthropologists have long advocated cultural anthropology as a tool for cultural critique, yet seldom has that approach been employed in discussions of major events and cultural productions that impact the lives of tens of millions of Americans. This collection of essays aims to refashion cultural analysis into a hard-edged tool for the study of American society and culture, addressing topics including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, abortion, sports doping, and the Jonestown massacre-suicides. Grounded in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, the essays advance an inquiry into the nature of culture in American society.

Lee Drummond is an independent scholar living in southern California, where he directs the Center for Peripheral Studies. Before turning his attention to the analysis of American culture, he worked in Amerindian communities of South America and in Caribbean national societies.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: North America


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Chapter 1. Jonestown: An Ethnographic Essay
Chapter 2. News Flash! Cultural Anthropology Solves Abortion Issue! Story at Eleven! (Being a Cultural Analysis of Sigourney Weaver’s Aliens Quartet)
Chapter 3. Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show
Chapter 4. Shit Happens: An Immoralist’s Take on 9/11 in Terms of Self-Organized Criticality


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