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University of Minnesota Press
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In a world ever more complex and media-saturated, what is the value of the truth? In Technologies of Truth, Toby Miller provides a pithy and clear-sighted examination of how television, magazines, film, and museums influence the way our society conceptualizes such issues as citizenship, democracy, nationhood, globalization, truth, and fiction. Along the way, he explicates surprising connections between cultural objects and discourses, producing a new meeting ground for cultural, social, and political theory. Miller examines a remarkable range of sources and topics, including naked footballers and the male sporting body, the cultural imperialism of television, Rodney King, the television series Mission: Impossible, Superman and Lois Lane, Harvey Milk, and Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies. The book covers a variety of genres and technologies that alter our understanding of the real versus the invented, fact versus fiction. Central to Miller’s argument is his concept of “cultural citizenship.” Based in part on Michel Foucault’s idea of governmentality, cultural citizenship is made up of the seemingly indirect public processes-sports, radio, film, and arts policies-by which members of society are drawn into postindustrial state structures. Miller also proposes a program through which intellectuals might play a more active role in studying, criticizing, and participating in the formation of governmental cultural policy, implementing his vision of what cultural citizenship should be. In Technologies of Truth, cultural studies meets the social sciences with a unique combination of rigor and politics. In a writing style that is spicy, personal, and full of incident, Miller turns the ephemera of everyday life into an entertaining and necessary critique of our times.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PART I: SUMMATIONS
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction: Daguerrotropes and Such
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. 1 Sister Morpheme (Clark Kent—Superman’s Boyfriend)
  2. pp. 37-63
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  1. 2 Leavis to Beaver: Culture with Power, Culture as Policy
  2. pp. 64-98
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  1. PART II: APPLICATIONS
  2. pp. 99-100
  1. 3 A Short History of the Penis: ET’s Rendezvous at HQ
  2. pp. 101-140
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  1. 4 How Do You Turn Indooroopilly into Africa? Mission: Impossible, Second World Television, and the New International Division of Cultural Labor
  2. pp. 141-181
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  1. 5 The Truth Is a Murky Path: Technologies of Citizenship and the Visible
  2. pp. 182-215
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  1. 6 Historical Citizenship and the Fremantle Prison Follies: Frederick Wiseman Comes to Western Australia
  2. pp. 216-244
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  1. Conclusion: I Am the Morning DJ on WONK
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-304
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816688296
Related ISBN(s)
9780816629855
MARC Record
OCLC
77566842
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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