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Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History / Edition 1

Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History / Edition 1

by Patricia Leavy author of Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research and Low-Fat Love, Patricia LeavyPatricia Leavy author of Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research and Low-Fat Love
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Iconic Events: Media, Power, and Politics in Retelling History examines the processes of collective memory surrounding traumatic events that have been deemed iconic in American culture. Leavy investigates the social and market forces that have shaped the meanings around and enduring significance of events that have captured the public's imagination, including Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Columbine, and September 11th. Iconic Events focuses on three interpretive phases that serve to mold public perception of these events: journalistic representations, political appropriations, and popular adaptations. With a vital, engaging approach, Leavy explores the processes by which traumatic events are made mythic in the public eye. Iconic Events is essential for collective memory scholars and undergraduate courses in communications, American studies, history, and sociology, as well as the general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739115206
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Patricia Leavy is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Iconic Events: Public Imagination and Social Memory Chapter 2 2. Historical Sketches of Events Chapter 3 3. The Represented Event: Journalism's Initial Spin Chapter 4 4. The Representational Event: Political Appropriations Chapter 5 5. Iconic Events in Popular Culture Chapter 6 6. The Significance of Iconic Events

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Stephen Pfohl

Patricia Leavy casts a critical eye on how mass-mediated iconography contributes to the contested construction of collective historical memory. By examining competing "communities of memory" at the social intersections of power, resistance, and the marketplace,Iconic Events makes important contributions to the sociology of popular culture, and to what nations remember about themselves and what they forget.

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