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The Resource Street smarts and critical theory : listening to the vernacular, Thomas McLaughlin

Street smarts and critical theory : listening to the vernacular, Thomas McLaughlin

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Street smarts and critical theory : listening to the vernacular
Title
Street smarts and critical theory
Title remainder
listening to the vernacular
Statement of responsibility
Thomas McLaughlin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Thomas McLaughlin argues that critical theory - raising serious, sustained questions about cultural practice and ideology - is practiced not only by an academic elite but also by savvy viewers of sitcoms and tv news, by Elvis fans and Trekkies, by labor organizers and school teachers, by the average person in the street
  • Like academic theorists, who are trained in a tradition of philosophical and political skepticism that challenges all orthodoxies, the vernacular theorists McLaughlin identifies display a lively and healthy alertness to contradiction and propaganda. They are not passive victims of ideology but active questioners of the belief systems that have power over their lives. Their theoretical work arises from the circumstances they confront on the job, in the family, in popular culture. And their questioning of established institutions, McLaughlin contends, is essential and healthy, for it clarifies the purpose and strategies of institutions and justifies the existence of cultural practices. Street Smarts and Critical Theory leads us through eye-opening explorations of social activism in the Southern Christian anti-pornography movement, fan critiques in the 'zine scene, New Age narratives of healing and transformation, the methodical manipulations of the advertising profession, and vernacular theory in the whole-language movement. Emphasizing that theory is itself a pervasive cultural practice, McLaughlin calls on academic institutions to recognize and develop the theoretical strategies that students bring into the classroom
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Action
digitized
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McLaughlin, Thomas
Dewey number
810.9
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Wisconsin project on American writers
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Popular literature
  • Criticism
  • Literature
  • Criticism
  • Language and culture
  • Popular culture
  • Canon (Literature)
Label
Street smarts and critical theory : listening to the vernacular, Thomas McLaughlin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-177) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- theory outside the academy: street smarts and critical theory -- Cultural theory and social activism in the southern Christian antipornography movement -- Criticism in the zines: vernacular theory and popular culture -- Stories of the new age: narrative, healing, and transformation -- The cunning of the hand, the weakness of the heart: theoretical work in the advertising profession -- The teachers meet the experts: vernacular theory in the whole language movement -- Pedagogy and vernacular theory
Control code
ocm44961797
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299151737
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44961797
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Street smarts and critical theory : listening to the vernacular, Thomas McLaughlin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-177) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- theory outside the academy: street smarts and critical theory -- Cultural theory and social activism in the southern Christian antipornography movement -- Criticism in the zines: vernacular theory and popular culture -- Stories of the new age: narrative, healing, and transformation -- The cunning of the hand, the weakness of the heart: theoretical work in the advertising profession -- The teachers meet the experts: vernacular theory in the whole language movement -- Pedagogy and vernacular theory
Control code
ocm44961797
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299151737
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44961797
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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