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MessageSujet: Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture   Jeu 05 Fév 2009, 22:41

Library Binding: 800 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 22, 2001)
Language: English

ISBN-10: 0415161614
ISBN-13: 978-0415161619

From Library Journal
Another of Routledge's encyclopedias of contemporary culture (e.g., Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture, LJ 7/00), which vary substantially in quality, this successfully presents a well-balanced synthesis of the United States after World War II. The text covers all aspects of culture, from business and politics to education, arts and sciences, society, and religion. The alphabetically arranged entries range from short definitions to longer overviews that span a couple pages and treat topics as varied as Haitian Americans, Camille Paglia, Disneyland, Prozac, and censorship. A thematic list groups the entries into broad categories, such as "Civil Rights," "Film," "Gender and Sexuality," and "Urbanism and Suburbs." Given the diversity, complexity, and sheer overabundance of material, the editors acknowledge that such a work can't be exhaustive and that shortcomings and discrepancies are inevitable. Yet with its suggestions for further reading, cross references, and even Internet addresses, this work provides a good starting point for information about the issues, events, people, and places that shape, define, or represent America today. Recommended for larger public and research libraries.DAnna Youssefi, Rice Univ., Houston, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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