A Year Amongst the UK: Notes on Character and Culture in England 1973-1974

A Year Amongst the UK: Notes on Character and Culture in England 1973-1974

by Arthur Asa Berger PhD


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I wrote this book in 1973-1974 during a sabbatical to England to study popular culture. It is an ethno-semiotic analysis of certain aspects of English culture that attracted my attention and interest. It deals with topics such as English character and culture, Wimpy's hamburgers,
the daily calendars of middle-class English men and women, shopping, the Queen's guard, wrestling on the telly, 'Til Death Do Us Part, a visit to Sussex University and Cambridge University, English attitudes (based on data from the Gallup Polls in Britain, a conference I attended at Norwich University on popular culture, and many other topics.

It is an interpretation of English culture and character, informed by semiotic, Marxist and psychoanalytic theory and represents my understanding of English culture and society in 1973-1974, when the book was written.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490324999
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2013
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Arthur Asa Berger is professor emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. He has published seventy books and more than one hundred articles on media, popular culture, material culture, humor and tourism.

Twelve of his books have been translated into Chinese and his books have also been translated into Arabic, German, Italian, Indonesian, Korean and Turkish.

In the course of his career, Berger has lectured in several dozen universities in various countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, England, France, Germany, Tunisia, China, Japan, Morocco, Italy and Brazil. He had a Fulbright to Italy in 1963 and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Argentina in 2012.

Berger is also an artist and has illustrated THE UK and many of his other books.

Among his recent books are:

Understanding American Icons (Left Coast Press)
Travel Journals (Marin Arts)
Media, Myth and Society (Palgrave Pivot Books)
Theorizing Tourism (Left Coast Press)
Bali Tourism (Haworth)
Culture Codes (Marin Arts Press)
The Objects of Affection (Palgrave Macmillan)

THE UK was written in 1973-1974 when Berger was on sabbatical in England doing research on English popular culture and everyday life. Its publication was made possible thanks to optical character recognition. It provides the author's insights about English character and culture in the year 1973-1974.

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