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Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit

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Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit By Robert Bogdan
1990 | 336 Pages | ISBN: 0226063127 | EPUB + MOBI | 9 MB + 4 MB

Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit
From 1840 until 1940, freak shows by the hundreds crisscrossed the United States, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, exhibiting their casts of dwarfs, giants, Siamese twins, bearded ladies, savages, snake charmers, fire eaters, and other oddities. By today's standards such displays would be considered cruel and exploitative the pornography of disability. Yet for one hundred years the freak show was widely accepted as one of America's most popular forms of entertainment.

Robert Bogdan's fascinating social history brings to life the world of the freak show and explores the culture that nurtured and, later, abandoned it. In uncovering this neglected chapter of show business, he describes in detail the flimflam artistry behind the shows, the promoters and the audiences, and the gradual evolution of public opinion from awe to embarrassment. Freaks were not born, Bogdan reveals; they were manufactured by the amusement world, usually with the active participation of the freaks themselves. Many of the "human curiosities" found fame and fortune, becoming the celebrities of their time, until the ascent of professional medicine transformed them from marvels into pathological specimans.
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Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography

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Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography by Natalie Purcell
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0415523125 | 260 pages | PDF, EPUB | 5 MB

Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography
No cultural product reveals our collective fascination with sexual violence more candidly than popular heterosexual pornographies. They showcase scenes of intense sexual aggression and cruelty that are gendered in repetitive, patterned configurations-configurations that are designed to arouse. Purcell uses comparative critical analyses of popular pornographic movies to explore common fantasies of sexual violence and how they have changed over the past forty years. Adopting a thick descriptive approach, she moves beyond the mere observation and recording of instances of sexism and violence, elucidating the changing aesthetics, themes, and conventions of depicted sexual aggression and showing how they have emerged in specific socio-historical contexts. Purcell also draws from a range of industry publications and fan forums to examine the fabric and function of misogyny and violence in viewers' fantasies and everyday lives. By documenting how popular pornographies have changed over time, this study sheds new light the evolving desires and anxieties of the genre's growing U.S. audience.
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Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography

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Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography by Natalie Purcell
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0415523125 | 260 pages | PDF, EPUB | 5 MB

Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography
No cultural product reveals our collective fascination with sexual violence more candidly than popular heterosexual pornographies. They showcase scenes of intense sexual aggression and cruelty that are gendered in repetitive, patterned configurations-configurations that are designed to arouse. Purcell uses comparative critical analyses of popular pornographic movies to explore common fantasies of sexual violence and how they have changed over the past forty years. Adopting a thick descriptive approach, she moves beyond the mere observation and recording of instances of sexism and violence, elucidating the changing aesthetics, themes, and conventions of depicted sexual aggression and showing how they have emerged in specific socio-historical contexts. Purcell also draws from a range of industry publications and fan forums to examine the fabric and function of misogyny and violence in viewers' fantasies and everyday lives. By documenting how popular pornographies have changed over time, this study sheds new light the evolving desires and anxieties of the genre's growing U.S. audience.
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Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader

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Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) by Gayle S. Rubin
English | 2011-11-28 | ISBN: 082234971X, 0822349868 | PDF | 504 pages | 9 MB

Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader
Deviations is the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975 with the publication of "The Traffic in Women," an essay that had a galvanizing effect on feminist thinking and theory. In another landmark piece, "Thinking Sex," she examined how certain sexual behaviors are constructed as moral or natural, and others as unnatural. That essay became one of queer theory's foundational texts. Along with such canonical work, Deviations features less well-known but equally insightful writing on subjects such as lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. In the introduction, Rubin traces her intellectual trajectory and discusses the development and reception of some of her most influential essays. Like the book it opens, the introduction highlights the major lines of inquiry pursued for nearly forty years by a singularly important theorist of sex, gender, and culture.
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Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (Anthropology, Culture and Society) by Maruska Svasek
English | December 18, 2014 | ISBN: 0745317944, 0745317952 | ASIN: B00R6JTTYG | 280 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | MB
This book provides an introduction to anthropological perspectives on art. Svasek defines art as a social process. We study not only the artefacts themselves and the values attributed to them, but also the process of production and its wider context.

Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Providing a critical overview of various anthropological theories of art, Svasek offers a new perspective which centres on the analysis of commoditisation, aestheticisation and object agency. She explores the process of collecting and exhibiting art works and how this relates to art's production, distribution and consumption in an increasingly global market.

The book outlines the significance of art and aesthetics in everyday life, and examines the shifting boundaries between art and other categories such as kitsch, souvenirs, propaganda and pornography.

Finally, Svasek argues for an anthropological perspective that links the production and
consumption of artefacts to political, religious and other cultural processes.

Ideal as a teaching text, this book gives a detailed overview of themes that are central to the fields of art history, art sociology and cultural studies.
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Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps

Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices, National Research Council
NAS Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0309185130 9780309185134 | 91 pages | PDF | 6 MB
The purpose of this independent volume is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge.

The book presents a summary of the Workshop on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps, under the auspices of the National Research Council's Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices.
The workshop was structured to gather inputs and insights from social science researchers, technologists, emergency management professionals, and other experts knowledgeable about how the public responds to alerts and warnings, focusing specifically on how the public responds to mobile alerting.

Contents
1 OVERVIEW AND CONTEXT: THE COMMERCIAL MOBILE ALERT SERVICE, THE WARNING PROCESS, AND PUBLIC RESPONSE
Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS)
Research on Effective Alerts and Warnings and Implications of the Research for CMAS
Misconceptions About Responses to Alerts and Warnings
Observations of Workshop Participants
2 CURRENT USE OF TEXT MESSAGES FOR ALERTS AND WARNINGS: EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS LEARNED
Subscription
Message Content
Use of Multiple Methods to Ensure Receipt and to Cope with Network Congestion
Operational Issues
Education of the Public
Observations of Workshop Participants
3 COMMUNICATING DURING A CRISIS
Crisis Communication Versus Risk Communication
Old Media Versus New Media
Use of Social Media to Fill Communications Gaps
Synergistic Use of Multiple Media
Information Sharing and Gathering
Microblogging
Other Next-Generation Crisis Communication Tools
Observations of Workshop Participants
4 PUBLIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING
An Example: The Great California ShakeOut
Building an Educational Campaign
Observations of Workshop Participants
5 COMMUNICATING WITH AT-RISK POPULATIONS
Use of Wireless Devices by People with Disabilities
Special Considerations for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Special Considerations for Those with Impaired Hearing
Special Considerations with Respect to Disabilities in the Elderly Population
Gender-Based Considerations
Considerations Related to Race and Ethnicity
Observations of Workshop Participants
6 RESEARCH GAPS
Research Opportunities
Implementation Challenges
Future Tools for Alerts
APPENDIXES
A Workshop Agenda
B Biosketches of Workshop Speakers
C Committee and Staff Biosketches
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