Download or read book Toys and American Culture written by Sharon M. Scott and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2010 with total page 418 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tracing developments in toy making and marketing across the evolving landscape of the 20th century, this encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference guide to America's most popular playthings and the culture to which they belong. * Nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries document the historical and cultural significance of toys * Cross-references and a listing of additional resources accompany each entry and encourage further investigation * Photographs and illustrations gathered from public and private collections across the country depict the entire century of America at play * A guide to related topics identifies the entries according to broader categories such as toys, designers, companies, museums, events, and organizations * A resource guide provides information for contacting American toy companies, accessing national toy museums, and attending annual toy festivals, and offers many avenues for pursuing further information about toys and American culture including books, scholarly journals, audio recordings, films, and websites
Download or read book Toys and American Culture An Encyclopedia written by Sharon M. Scott and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2009-12-09 with total page 418 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tracing developments in toy making and marketing across the evolving landscape of the 20th century, this encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference guide to America's most popular playthings and the culture to which they belong. • Nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries document the historical and cultural significance of toys • Cross-references and a listing of additional resources accompany each entry and encourage further investigation • Photographs and illustrations gathered from public and private collections across the country depict the entire century of America at play • A guide to related topics identifies the entries according to broader categories such as toys, designers, companies, museums, events, and organizations • A resource guide provides information for contacting American toy companies, accessing national toy museums, and attending annual toy festivals, and offers many avenues for pursuing further information about toys and American culture including books, scholarly journals, audio recordings, films, and websites
|Author||: Omari L. Dyson|
|Release Date||: 2020-07-31|
|ISBN 10||: 9781440862441|
|Pages||: 940 pages|
|Rating||: 4.4/5 (48 users)|
Download or read book African American Culture An Encyclopedia of People Traditions and Customs 3 volumes written by Omari L. Dyson and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2020-07-31 with total page 940 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Covering everything from sports to art, religion, music, and entrepreneurship, this book documents the vast array of African American cultural expressions and discusses their impact on the culture of the United States. According to the latest census data, less than 13 percent of the U.S. population identifies as African American; African Americans are still very much a minority group. Yet African American cultural expression and strong influences from African American culture are common across mainstream American culture—in music, the arts, and entertainment; in education and religion; in sports; and in politics and business. African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs covers virtually every aspect of African American cultural expression, addressing subject matter that ranges from how African culture was preserved during slavery hundreds of years ago to the richness and complexity of African American culture in the post-Obama era. The most comprehensive reference work on African American culture to date, the book covers topics such as black contributions to literature and the arts, music and entertainment, religion, and professional sports. It also provides coverage of less-commonly addressed subjects, such as African American fashion practices and beauty culture, the development of jazz music across different eras, and African American business. • Identifies influential aspects of African American culture through entries on topics such as African Americans in sports, in musical genres such as blues, gospel, hip hop, and jazz, and in religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Yoruba • Makes clear the numerous ways African Americans have produced, maintained, and evolved their culture in the United States • Enables readers to truly comprehend what "diversity" is by gaining substantive knowledge of how a particular group of persecuted people has learned to thrive artistically and culturally in the United States
Download or read book Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture written by Robert Gregg and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2005-11-10 with total page 880 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As a meeting point for world cultures, the USA is characterized by its breadth and diversity. Acknowledging that diversity is the fundamental feature of American culture, this volume is organized around a keen awareness of race, gender, class and space and with over 1,200 alphabetically-arranged entries - spanning 'the American century' from the end of World War II to the present day - the Encyclopedia provides a one-stop source for insightful and stimulating coverage of all aspects of that culture. Entries range from short definitions to longer overview essays and with full cross-referencing, extensive indexing, and a thematic contents list, this volume provides an essential cultural context for both teachers and students of American studies, as well as providing fascinating insights into American culture for the general reader. The suggestions for further reading, which follows most entries, are also invaluable guides to more specialized sources.
Download or read book America Goes Green written by Kim Kennedy White and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2013 with total page 1297 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explores the history and evolution of environmentalism in modern America, featuring essays that look at environmental issues facing each state, primary source documents, and thematic A to Z entries.
Download or read book Toy Stories written by Tanya Jones and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-04-11 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Toys—those celebrated childhood cohorts and lead actors in children’s imaginative play—have a fantastic history of heroism in fiction. From teddy bears that guard sleeping babies to plastic soldiers and cowboys who lay siege to wooden block castles, toys are often the heroes of the stories children inspire authors to tell. In this collection of new essays, scholars from a great range of disciplines examine fictional toys as protectors of the children they love, as heroes of their own stories, and as champions for the greater good in the writings of A.A. Milne, Hans Christian Andersen, William Joyce, John Lasseter and many others.
Download or read book From Playgrounds to Playstation written by Carroll Pursell and published by Johns Hopkins University Press+ORM. This book was released on 2015-04-23 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This “engaging social history of play” explores how technology and culture have shaped toys, games, and leisure—and vice versa (Choice). In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, technology historian Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play? From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American culture. Pursell engagingly examines the ways in which technology affects play and play shapes people. The objects that children (and adults) play with and play on, along with their games and the hobbies they pursue, can reinforce but also challenge gender roles and cultural norms. Inventors—who often talk about “playing” at their work, as if motivated by the pure fun of invention—have used new materials and technologies to reshape sports and gameplay, sometimes even crafting new, extreme forms of recreation, but always responding to popular demand. Drawing from a range of sources, including scholarly monographs, patent records, newspapers, and popular and technical journals, the book covers numerous modes and sites of play. Pursell touches on the safety-conscious playground reform movement, the dazzling mechanical innovations that gave rise to commercial amusement parks, and the media’s colorful promotion of toys, pastimes, and sporting events. Along the way, he shows readers how technology enables the forms, equipment, and devices of play to evolve constantly, both reflecting consumer choices and driving innovators and manufacturers to promote toys that involve entirely new kinds of play—from LEGOs and skateboards to beading kits and videogames.
Download or read book Encyclopedia of American Folklife written by Simon J Bronner and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-03-04 with total page 731 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: American folklife is steeped in world cultures, or invented as new culture, always evolving, yet often practiced as it was created many years or even centuries ago. This fascinating encyclopedia explores the rich and varied cultural traditions of folklife in America - from barn raisings to the Internet, tattoos, and Zydeco - through expressions that include ritual, custom, crafts, architecture, food, clothing, and art. Featuring more than 350 A-Z entries, "Encyclopedia of American Folklife" is wide-ranging and inclusive. Entries cover major cities and urban centers; new and established immigrant groups as well as native Americans; American territories, such as Guam and Samoa; major issues, such as education and intellectual property; and expressions of material culture, such as homes, dress, food, and crafts. This encyclopedia covers notable folklife areas as well as general regional categories. It addresses religious groups (reflecting diversity within groups such as the Amish and the Jews), age groups (both old age and youth gangs), and contemporary folk groups (skateboarders and psychobillies) - placing all of them in the vivid tapestry of folklife in America. In addition, this resource offers useful insights on folklife concepts through entries such as "community and group" and "tradition and culture." The set also features complete indexes in each volume, as well as a bibliography for further research.
|Author||: Emory Dean Keoke|
|Publisher||: Infobase Publishing|
|Release Date||: 2009-01-01|
|ISBN 10||: 9781438109909|
|Pages||: 384 pages|
|Rating||: 4.4/5 (381 users)|
Download or read book Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World written by Emory Dean Keoke and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2009-01-01 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Describes the lives and achievements of American Indians and discusses their contributions to the world.
|Author||: Chris J. Magoc|
|Release Date||: 2015-12-14|
|ISBN 10||: 9781610694308|
|Pages||: 1542 pages|
|Rating||: 4.6/5 (16 users)|
Download or read book Imperialism and Expansionism in American History A Social Political and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection 4 volumes written by Chris J. Magoc and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2015-12-14 with total page 1542 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This four-volume encyclopedia chronicles the historical roots of the United States' current military dominance, documenting its growth from continental expansionism to hemispheric hegemony to global empire. • Overviews the history of American imperialism through chronologically arranged entries that are multidisciplinary, incisively written, and informed by the latest scholarship • Covers issues ranging from the fur trade of the frontier era to today's complex engagement in the Middle East and Africa • Shares key insights on the intersection of popular culture with the projection of U.S. military power • Includes background material and an extensive selection of primary documents that will help students practice critical reading, thinking, and writing skills • Features numerous photos, illustrations, and sidebars that enliven the text and engage students in participatory learning
Download or read book The Camera Does the Rest written by Peter Buse and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2015-05-16 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What makes Polaroid photography stand out? Since its invention by Edwin Land in 1947, how has it crept into our common culture in the ways we witness today? Writing in the context of the two bankruptcies of Polaroid Corporation and the decline and obsolescence of its film, Peter Buse argues that Polaroid photography is distinguished by its process. The fact that, as the "New York Times" put it, the camera does the rest, encouraged distinctive practices by the camera s users, including its most famous use: as a party camera. Polaroid was often dismissed as a toy, but this book takes its status as a toy seriously, considering the way it opened up photographic play while simultaneously lowering its own cultural value. Drawing on unprecedented access to the archives of the Polaroid Corporation, Buse paints Polaroid as an intimate form, where the photographer, photograph, and photographed are in close proximity in time and space. This has profound implications for the photographic practices Polaroid cameras permit and encourage, such as the sexual Polaroid, evidence of which the author pulls from literature, film, and pop culture, or Polaroid as a form of play, a fun technology, an ice breaker that can make things happen. Buse also tells the story of Polaroid s response as a company to developments in digital imaging and its ultimately doomed hard-copy wager in the face of them. Pushing further, he explores the continuities and discontinuities between Polaroid and digital snapshot practices, reflecting on what Polaroid can tell us about digital photography today. "
Download or read book Our Blessed Rebel Queen written by Linda Mizejewski and published by Wayne State University Press. This book was released on 2021-10-05 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Exploration of Carrie Fisher as star, author, comedian, and iconic personification of Princess Leia.
Download or read book Hop Skip Jump written by Marney K. Makridakis and published by New World Library. This book was released on 2014-10-30 with total page 296 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Most of us view work and play as mutually exclusive opposites, but now you can blend them together in your new route to joy-filled success. The 75 techniques in this book will guide you to be more playful and productive as you move through three vital phases of the manifestation process: dreaming (Hop), experimenting (Skip), and taking action (Jump). Discover your Play Personality and learn how to use it to create more experiences in which work feels like play, and struggle gives way to momentum, ease, and joy. Includes a FREE downloadable Productivity Pack
|Author||: Frank Hoffmann|
|Release Date||: 2013-10-08|
|ISBN 10||: 9781135418465|
|Pages||: 156 pages|
|Rating||: 4.1/5 (354 users)|
Download or read book Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture written by Frank Hoffmann and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-10-08 with total page 156 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Keep the information you need on playthings and pop culture at your fingertips! The Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture is an A-to-Z reference guide to the playthings that amused us as children and fascinate us as adults. This enlightening—and entertaining—resource, complete with cross-references, provides easy access to concise but detailed descriptions that place toys and board games in their social and cultural contexts. From action figures to yo-yos, the book is your tour guide through the museum of sought-after collectibles and forgotten treasures that mirror the fads and fashions that helped define pop culture in the United States. The Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture is a historical, yet current, reflection of society’s ever-changing attitudes toward childhood and its cultural touchstones. The book is filled with physical descriptions of each entry, including size, color, and material composition, and the age group most often associated with the item. It also includes biographical sketches of inventors, manufacturers, and distributors— a virtual “Who’s Who” of the American toy industry, including Milton Bradley, Walt Disney, and Jim Henson. With a brief glimpse through its pages or a lengthy look from cover to cover, you’ll discover (or re-discover) real hero action figures, toys with commercial tie-ins, fast-food promotional giveaways, penny prize package toys, and advertising icons and characters in addition to beloved toys and board games like Etch-a-Sketch®, Lincoln Logs®, Colorforms®, Yahtzee®, and Burp Gun, the first toy advertised on nationwide television. The Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture presents easy-to-access and easy-to-read descriptions of such toys as: Barbie®, bendies, and Beanie Babies® Monopoly®, Mr. Machine®, and Mr. Potato Head™ Pez®, Plah-Doh®, and Pound Puppies® Scrabble®, Silly Putty®, and Slinky® Tiddly Winks®, Tinker Toys®, and Twister™ and looks at the people behind the scenes of the biggest names in toys, including LEGO® (Ole Kirk Christiansen) Fisher-Price® (Homer G. Fisher) Mattel® (Ruth and Elliott Handler) Hasbro™ (Alan, Merrill, and Stephen Hassenfeld) Toys R Us® (Charles Lazarus) Parker Brothers® (Edward and George Parker) F.A.O. Schwartz (Frederick Schwartz) Kenner® (Albert Steiner) Tonka® (Russell L. Wenkstern) The Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture also includes an index and a selected bibliography to meet your casual or professional research needs. Faster (and more entertaining) than searching through a vast assortment of Web sites for information, the book is a vital resource for librarians, toy collectors and appraisers, popular culture enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in toys—past and present.
Download or read book Encyclopedia of Local History written by Carol Kammen and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2000 with total page 539 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How is local history thought about? How should it be approached? Through brief, succinct notes and essay-length entries, the Encyclopedia of Local History presents ideas to consider, sources to use, historical fields and trends to explore. It also provides commentary on a number of subjects, including the everyday topics that most local historians encounter. A handy reference tool that no public historian's desk should be without!
Download or read book Boy Culture written by Shirley R. Steinberg and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2010 with total page 527 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this two-volume set, a series of expert contributors look at what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, with entries covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development. * 166 entries on specific aspects of boyhood life in North America today, ranging from boy-centered toys, games, and media to issues of masculinity and confusing notions of manhood * Expert contributors from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, providing insight into a range of issues related to the lives of North American boys * Bibliographic listings of works cited and further reading in print and online * A comprehensive index
|Author||: Polanka, Sue|
|Publisher||: IGI Global|
|Release Date||: 2011-09-30|
|ISBN 10||: 9781613503096|
|Pages||: 312 pages|
|Rating||: 4.6/5 (135 users)|
Download or read book E Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries Issues and Concepts written by Polanka, Sue and published by IGI Global. This book was released on 2011-09-30 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examines the issues of reference context and discoverability in school, public, and academic libraries, as well as within the reference publishing community.