Cultural Studies Review

Cultural Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, September

'A Storm on the Horizon': Discomforting Democracy and the Feeling of Fairness
- OVERTURE'There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, there's a bright golden haze on the meadow.' So begin the opening lines of Oklahoma, the 1943 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical that is widely credited as the first full-blown 'book musical'....
Avatar, Dark Green Religion, and the Technological Construction of Nature
James Cameron's Avatar (2009) exploded onto screens with a vision of splendour aided by a highly advanced system of computer generated imagery (CGI) and 3D technology. Many viewers were awed by the world and worldview they encountered on Pandora, the...
Buddhism, Poststructuralist Thought, Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith
The declaration of the one who professes is a performative declaration in some way. It pledges like an act of sworn faith, an oath, a testimony, a manifestation, an attestation, or a promise, a commitment. To profess is to make a pledge while committing...
California and Irony in Mad Men
What a lucky man, indeed-chronically restless, temperamentally anxious, a man in constant motion to prove what ultimately cannot be proved: that he is a real man and that this identity is unthreatened by the action of other men.Alexis de Tocqueville,...
Children, Consumption, Controversy
David Buckingham The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture Polity Press, Cambridge, 2011 ISBN: 9780745647715 RRP: £15.99 (PB)Reg Bailey Letting Children Be Children: Report of an Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation...
'Christianity Would Not Want a World from Which Violence Was Excluded': God, Bataille and Derrida on the Sovereign Logic of Religious Child Killing
How do you locate Gilles de Rais (1404-1440)-military figurehead, national hero, serial child-killer, archetype of Bluebeard-in any cultural, historical, political imaginary, in any religious inscape that can make sense of what he was, warrior, homicidal...
Colonial Subjectification: Foucault, Christianity and Governmentality
Foucault's concept of pastoral power is envisioned as a technique of power developed from the medieval period and carried through into modern political rationalities. As such, it is an old power technique-which originated in Christian institutions-in...
Critique on Critique
Critique on Critique Luc Boltanski On Critique: A Sociology of Emancipation Polity Press, Cambridge, 2011 ISBN 9780745649641 RRP $105.00Critique-alongside its family of relations and derivations, from criticism to critical-occupies a central position...
Don, Betty and Jackie Kennedy: On Mad Men and Periodisation
This essay considers the use of period detail and historical reference in Mad Men and the importance of periodisation to its mode of address. The embrace of period detail in Mad Men is at once loving and fetishistic and it belongs, as in all period film...
Editorial
This edition brings together the discomforts and pleasures of religion or spirituality and the pleasures and discomforts of the television series Mad Men. The two excellent introductions to each section by their guest editors, Holly Randell Moon and...
Fag Men: Mad Men, Homosexuality and Televisual Style
One of my perennial experiences of television culture is of being out-of-synch with it, both temporally and aesthetically. Neither a fan nor a trained critic, much of my response to contemporary program formats-my determined obliviousness to reality...
Introducing Discomforts
'Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies' invites debate about the enactment of scholarship at the discursive juncture of religion, secularism and cultural studies. For the purposes of this special issue we have co-located questions of religion...
Mad Men's Deceptive (Critique of) Creativity
The nature of creativity in AMC's Mad Men had been a background issue up until its fourth season. It then began to offer subtle but provocative interventions in debates about the mythology of alcohol and inspiration, industry-specific definitions of...
Material Becoming
Material BecomingDianna Coole and Samantha Frost (eds) New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2010 ISBN: 9780822347538 RRP: US$24.95William E. Connolly A World of Becoming Duke University Press, Durham...
Mediations on Emergent Occasions: Mad Men, Donald Draper and Frank O'Hara
Frank O'Hara's 1957 poetry collection, Meditations in an Emergency, features in season two of Mad Men (2008) as a talismanic phrase and object. Pressed into service as Matthew Weiner's valentine to his returning viewers, the circulation and citation...
On Mad Men: Introduction
'I don't know who you are.'Betty Draper1In November 2010 a seminar was held at the University of Sydney to discuss the American cable television series Mad Men. Mad Men was in its fourth season at that time; contract negotiations put the show on a protracted...
(Post) Secular Discomforts: Religio-Secular Disclosures in the Indian Context
If the pronouncement of a post-secular age has been productive for scholarship that unpacks secular discomforts, a point of departure for this essay is to trace the entanglement of the secular and the religious in its colonial incarnation to contribute...
Sacred Landscapes
Sacred Landscapes Lyn McCredden Luminous Moments: The Contemporary Sacred ATF Press, Adelaide, 2010 ISBN 9781921511950 RRP $34.00For some time now, Lyn McCredden has been one of the leading cultural critics in Australia emphasising the crucial role of...
Seeing the World Second Hand: Mad Men and the Vintage Consumer
Mad Men was the first television series to be produced by the US cable station American Movie Classics (AMC). Until the series launched in 2007 the network was known to viewers mostly for its re-runs of old films. The channel's reputation for nostalgic...
The Return of Organisation Man: Commuter Narratives and Suburban Critique
In a world changing so fast, in a world in which he must forever be on the move, the individual desperately needs roots, and The Organisation is a logical place to develop them.William H. Whyte, The Organisation Man1Now our lives are changing fastHope...
The Secret, Cultural Property and the Construction of the Spiritual Commodity
According to John Frow, 'Every society draws a line between those things that can be privately owned and freely exchanged, and those whose circulation is restricted'.1 Religion is one domain conventionally considered inimical to market exchange. Items...
The Three Faces of Mad Men: Middlebrow Culture and Quality Television
-THE REJUVENATORAn association between pleasure and the machine anchors the eleventh episode of Mad Men's first season. Peggy Olsen is tasked with writing copy for a weight-loss contraption (the Rejuvenator) that she discovers operates more efficiently...
Trauma: With or without Theory
Trauma With or Without Theory Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso (eds) Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2010 ISBN 9781443822831 RRP £39.99The essays included in this anthology were first presented...
Turned Back: Mad Men as Intermedial Melodrama
In the opening, animated sequence of AMC's Mad Men, a silhouetted figure-a businessman-appears with his back turned towards us. In business suit, briefcase in hand, this figure is shown entering an office that, almost immediately, begins to melt. As...
We Need to Talk about Cultural Studies
We Need to Talk about Cultural StudiesGraeme Turner What's Become of Cultural Studies Sage, London, 2012 ISBN 9781849205849 (PB), 9781849205832 (HB) RRP £23.99 (PB), £68.00 (HB)Lawrence Grossberg Cultural Studies in the Future Tense Duke University Press,...
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