Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition

9780814725313: Hardback
Release Date: 19th December 2014

9780814708019: Paperback
Release Date: 19th December 2014

9780814708491: PDF
Release Date: 19th December 2014

Dimensions: 203 x 203

Number of Pages: 320

Edition: 2nd Edition

Series Keywords

NYU Press

Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition

Hardback / £77.00
Paperback / £21.99
PDF / £25.00
Since its initial publication, scholars and students alike have turned to Keywords for American Cultural Studies as an invaluable resource for understanding key terms and debates in the fields of American studies and cultural studies. As scholarship has continued to evolve, this revised and expanded second edition offers indispensable meditations on new and developing concepts used in American studies, cultural studies, and beyond. It is equally useful for college students who are trying to understand what their teachers are talking about, for general readers who want to know what’s new in scholarly research, and for professors who just want to keep up.
Designed as a print-digital hybrid publication, Keywords collects more than 90 essays—30 of which are new to this edition—from interdisciplinary scholars, each on a single term such as “America,” “culture,” “law,” and “religion.”  Alongside “community,” “prison,” "queer," “region,” and many others, these words are the nodal points in many of today’s most dynamic and vexed discussions of political and social life, both inside and outside of the academy. The Keywords website, which features 33 essays, provides pedagogical tools that engage the entirety of the book, both in print and online.
The publication brings together essays by scholars working in literary studies and political economy, cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, African American history and performance studies, gender studies and political theory. Some entries are explicitly argumentative; others are more descriptive. All are clear, challenging, and critically engaged.  As a whole, Keywords for American Cultural Studies provides an accessible A to Z survey of prevailing academic buzzwords and a flexible tool for carving out new areas of inquiry. 
Visit for online essays, teaching resources, and more. 
Acknowledgments vii
Keywords: An Introduction 1
Note on Classroom Use 9
Affect Ann Cvetkovich 13
African Kevin K. Gaines 16
America Kirsten Silva Gruesz 21
Asian John Kuo Wei Tchen 26
Black E. Patrick Johnson 30
Border Mary Pat Brady 34
Capitalism David F. Ruccio 37
Citizenship Lauren Berlant 41
Class Eric Lott 45
Colonial David Kazanjian 48
Community Miranda Joseph 53
Contract Amy Dru Stanley 56
Copyright Kembrew McLeod 60
Corporation Christopher Newfield 63
Culture George Yúdice 68
Democracy Fred Moten 73
Diaspora Brent Hayes Edwards 76
Digital Tara McPherson 79
Disability Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren 81
Diversity Jodi Melamed 84
Domestic Rosemary Marangoly George 89
Economy Timothy Mitchell 92
Empire Shelley Streeby 95
Ethnicity Henry Yu 100
Fashion Thuy Linh Tu 104
Finance Randy Martin 106
Freedom Stephanie Smallwood 111
Gender Jack Halberstam 116
Globalization Lisa Lowe 119
Government Leerom Medovoi 122
Immigration Eithne Luibhéid 125
Immigration Eithne Luibhéid 125
Indian Robert Warrior 130 
Indigenous J. Kehaulani Kauanui 133
Islam Brian T. Edwards 137
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Bruce Burgett is Dean and Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, graduate faculty in the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle, and co-director of the UW graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship.  He is the author of Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic.

Glenn Hendler is Associate Professor and Chair in the English Department at Fordham University, where he also teaches in the American Studies Program. He is the author of Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

“The second edition of Keywords for American Cultural Studies is a wonderful, deeply engaging volume that will be used productively by a wide audience of students, scholars, and general readers. With an impressive range of contributors, from trusted veterans to insurgent new voices, spanning both print and online essays, Burgett and Hendler have assembled conversation starters, snapshots of important moments in the development of the academic field. There is a seriousness of purpose here, a desire to establish the stakes of scholarly inquiry that radiates from every page.”-Jeffrey Melnick,co-author of Immigration and American Popular Culture

"This hybrid print-digital edition continues the work of the first, presenting discussions of concepts important in American cultural studies...Entries often branch out in fascinating ways; e.g. 'Space' spans Renaissance philosophy, the literature of Melville and Twain, Sun Ra's music, and protest tactics of the American Indian Movement." -Choice