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ReMix: Reading and Composing Culture Second Edition Edition
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The text is engaging for younger students, but some of our older learners were nervous about the more intrusive activities (I don't use the assignment about showing the contents of the student's wallets!) and found the pop culture references off-putting. However, this can be dealt with by carefully choosing readings.
The shape of the dialog leaves the impression to the reader that these are the necessary and sufficient if not the "only" or "most" important things that define (and thus are needed to understand) American culture? They are laid out as if they were the "givens" of our culture. The book then proceeds to explicate our culture as it is seen through narratives shaped exclusively by (and as seen though) these cultural parameters. Arguably, this tells us what our culture is, but not where it comes from?
I admit that when it comes to formal structured thinking about culture, I have been self-taught. My eureka moment in this regard came while reading a book authored by the illustrative professor and public intellectual, Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson has his own heuristic formula for interrogating cultural texts (and artifacts). It is to ask the following questions: What is going on in the "context," the "subtext," and the "pretext," period: End of lesson, end of the Dyson heuristic.
So far, Dyson's Socratic method has yet to fail me, including (and especially) in analyzing this book.Read more ›
I've seen worse.
The quality was good-as-new.
I wouldn't buy it for personal use, but if you have to buy it for class, this seems like a great place to get it, assuming the quality is consistent. The one I got looked like it had just come off the press, not a scratch, wrinkle, or mark.
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Love it!! It is so interesting to read that I never heard of it before.Published 9 months ago by Anna Dorst
I bought this for an english class but I found myself reading it often at home. This book has a lot of different interesting stories about our world today.Published 10 months ago by Marta