This second edition of American Culture includes contemporary events and provides an introduction to American civilization. Extracts are taken from diverse sources such as political addresses, articles, interviews, oral histories and advertisements.
Edited by academics who are highly experienced in the study and teaching of American Studies across a wide range of institutions, this book provides:
- texts that introduce aspects of American society in a historical perspective
- primary sources and images that can be used as the basis for illustration, analysis and discussion
- linking text which stresses themes rather than offering a simple chronological survey.
American Culture brings together primary texts from 1600 to the present day to present a comprehensive overview of, and introduction to, American culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Native Americans 2. Immigration 3. African Americans 4. Women's Studies 5. Government and Politics 6. Economy, Enterprise, Class 7. Geography, Regions and the Environment 8. Art, Film, Music and Popular Culture 9. Religion 10. Education 11. Language and the Media 12. Foreign Affairs 13. Ideology: Dominant Beliefs and Values
Anders Breidlid is Professor of International Education and former Dean of Oslo University College. He is the co-editor with Oyvind T. Gulliksen of Aspects of American Civilization (1983) and the author of Resistance and Consciousness in Kenya and South Africa (2002).
Fredrik Chr. Brøgger is Professor of American Studies at the University of Tromsø. He is the author of Culture, Language, Text: Culture Studies within the Study of English as a Foreign Language (1992).
Oyvind T. Gulliksen is Professor of American Literature and Culture at Telemark University College, Bø i Telemark. He has published Twofold Identities: Norwegian-American Contributions to Midwestern Literature (2004).
Torbjorn Sirevag is Professor Emeritus of American Civilization at the University of Oslo and The Norwegian School of Management (BI). He is the author of The Eclipse of the New Deal and the Fall of Vice-President Wallace 1944 (1985). He was also Director-General of Science Policy in the Norwegian Government.