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01 Oct 2013
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The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological "fun" of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities back in "their place" by prioritizing self-aggrandizing materialism and individual desires over the collective good and constitutes a form of cultural denial. In this book, Halnon delineates how incarceration, segregation, stigmatization, cultural and social consecration, and carnivalization work in the production and consumption of inequality.


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The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological "fun" of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities back in "their place" by prioritizing self-aggrandizing materialism and individual desires over the collective good and constitutes a form of cultural denial. In this book, Halnon delineates how incarceration, segregation, stigmatization, cultural and social consecration, and carnivalization work in the production and consumption of inequality.


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Contents

Introduction: Weapons of Mass Distraction
1. Financial Crisis, Ideology, and Alienation
2. Critiquing Postmodernist Zeitgeist
3. Prison Chic
4. Black Ghetto Cool
5. White Trash Stigma
6. Super Trash Spectacles
7. Blue Collar Vogue
8. Redneck and Blue Collar Comedy
Conclusion: Tourists, Victims, and Deadening Others


Authors

Karen Bettez Halnon is Associate Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University Abington, USA. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on popular consumer culture and inequality in Current Sociology, Journal of Consumer Culture, Symbolic Interaction, and Critical Sociology.