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Hollywood blockbusters; the anthropology of popular movies.


Hollywood blockbusters; the anthropology of popular movies.

Sutton, David and Peter Wogan.

Berg Publishers


178 pages




For students and scholars of film, media, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, Sutton (anthropology, Southern Illinois U.) and Wogan (anthropology, Willamette U.) examine the popularity of the films Jaws, Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, and The Godfather, as well as the less popular film The Village, showing that they engage audiences because the play upon underlying tensions and problems in American culture. They apply anthropological theories about ritual, kinship, social regulation, masculinity, temporality, power, egalitarianism, the Other, and other concepts to provide new ideas about these movies, American society, and cultural processes. Distributed in the US by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Date:May 1, 2010
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