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American Modernity

Lawrence A. Scaff

in Max Weber in America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147796
eISBN:
9781400836710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147796.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Population and Demography

This chapter examines Max Weber's thoughts on American modernity based on his observations during his trip to New York City. It first considers Max and Marianne Weber's experience with religious ... More


Latin American Varieties of Modernity

Jorge Larrain

in Varieties of World-Making: Beyond Globalization

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846310195
eISBN:
9781781380857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314346.003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines the historical transformations of Latin American modernity, highlighting the historically variable ambivalence between democratic self–constitution and the attempt to create a ... More


Introduction

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This introductory chapter discusses how understanding modernity is essential in identifying the cultural significance of the American superhero. At their genesis, superheroes are cultural responses ... More


A New Musical Rhythm Was Given to the People: Ragtime and Representation in Black Manhattan

David Gilbert

in The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469622699
eISBN:
9781469622712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622699.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the American cultural revolution brought about by the ragtime operetta, Clorindy; or, The Origin of the Cakewalk, and how it initiated a reevaluation of Negro music and its ... More


Introduction: The Machine with a Soul

Katy Hull

in The Machine Has a Soul: American Sympathy with Italian Fascism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691208107
eISBN:
9780691208121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691208107.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter discusses how the representation of fascism as a machine with a soul explains why Italian fascism appealed to some Americans in the interwar years. Although Richard Washburn ... More


Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth Century America

Andrew Lyndon Knighton

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748909
eISBN:
9780814748916
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748909.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion of writing about unproductivity, with the exploits of various idlers, loafers, and “gentlemen of refinement” capturing the imagination of a country that ... More


Introduction: Detroit, Capital of the Twentieth Century

Stefan J. Link

in Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177540
eISBN:
9780691207988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177540.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Fordism. Fordism, in its most common usage, was a term that first originated in the 1970s and then boomed in the 1980s, when social scientists sought ... More


Ford’s Bible of the Modern Age

Stefan J. Link

in Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177540
eISBN:
9780691207988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177540.003.0003
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses how European postliberals on both the left and the right grasped Fordism as a compass by which to navigate the economic and ideological confusions of the 1920s. It studies ... More


From Strange Visitors to Men of Tomorrow

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter focuses on the creation of Superman. As second-generation Jewish immigrants, Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's experiences in America differed from that of men like ... More


The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

James Smethurst

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834633
eISBN:
9781469603100
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807878088_smethurst
Subject:
History, African-American History

The period between 1880 and 1918, at the end of which Jim Crow was firmly established and the Great Migration of African Americans was well under way, was not the nadir for black culture, the author ... More


Making the Flesh Word: Binomial Being and Representational Presence

Lindon Barrett

Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. Mcbride, and John Carlos Rowe (eds)

in Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038006
eISBN:
9780252095290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter focuses on the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano/Gustavus Vassa (1745?–1801), the African captured by slave traders in the Niger River region when he was ten years old, taken to the U.S. ... More


Apocalyptic Geographies: Religion, Media, and the American Landscape

Jerome Tharaud

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691200101
eISBN:
9780691203263
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691200101.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In nineteenth-century America, “apocalypse” referred not to the end of the world but to sacred revelation, and “geography” meant both the physical landscape and its representation in printed maps, ... More


Introduction

Joshua O. Reno

in Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520288935
eISBN:
9780520963771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288935.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Waste is a general outcome of processes of formation, but it assumes a distinct character in North American modernity. If forms can last only by releasing transient materials, then their relative ... More


Misinformation and Ideology

Scott Timcke

in Algorithms and the End of Politics: How Technology Shapes 21st-Century American Life

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781529215311
eISBN:
9781529215342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529215311.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This chapter applies theoretical insights around misrecognition to better understand the intersection of misinformation and ideology in the United States. It argues that misinformation practices are ... More


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