American Culture

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Invented Lives, Imagined Communities

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

New World Dharma

Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.

Oklahomo

Uses the state of Oklahoma as a case study for how US conservatives have attempted to unqueer America since the 1950’s.

Living Sufism in North America

Offers an overview of Sufism in North America.

The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.

Buddhism beyond Borders

Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Repositioning Race

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.

American Dolorologies

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

Fifties Ethnicities

Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.

Bitter Greens

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

Thinking through Thomas Merton

Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.

Love, Rōshi

Robert Baker Aitken’s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism.

After Artest

Explores how the NBA moved to govern black players and the expression of blackness after the “Palace Brawl” of 2004.

American Exceptionalisms

Wide ranging, interdisciplinary look at the emergence and persistence of the concept of American Exceptionalism in US culture and history.

We Used to Own the Bronx

An inside story of privilege, inherited wealth, and the bizarre values and customs of the American upper crust.

American Buddhism as a Way of Life

Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.

Measured Meals

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

Constructing the Nation

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

Perpetual Adolescence

Explores the arrested development of American culture.

Do Voters Look to the Future?

Argues in favor of a different model of voting behavior.

New York Sings

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.

Three Documentary Filmmakers

Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.

Digital Diaspora

Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.