New PDF release: Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to

By Carol Delaney

Investigating tradition bargains an cutting edge method of realizing tradition as a developed phenomenon open to research of its implicit premises and particular varieties. presents a fresh replacement to standard textbooks via not easy scholars to imagine in new methods and to use those principles to their very own lives specializes in the ways in which people orient themselves, e.g., in area and time, in response to language, foodstuff, the physique, and the symbols supplied via public fable and formality every one bankruptcy comprises: an advent framing the relevant matters, examples from more than a few cultures, a particular interpreting or , extra recommended readings, and workouts

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57 In films such as Wake Island (1942), Bataan (1943), The Fighting Sullivans (1944), and Back to Bataan (1945), each “Willie” and “Joe” was a humble, hard-working hero and, with his buddies, a defender of the democratic-capitalistic ideal. At the same time that Hollywood and the government relied on race to depict foreign nationals, they did the same when profi ling wartime 32 Hollywood in the Crucible of War America. 58 This sentiment extended into films as well. S. ” 60 Features continued the theme.

Screenwriter Emmett Lavery recalled, “ask yourself if you can go into a projection room ten years from now and bear to look at it. ” 39 While the Hollywood Production Code continued to clamp down on the minutiae of morals and vice, the OWI primarily provided a general mission. That left the bulk of content decisions with the studios themselves. When conservative enemies in Congress, fresh from electoral gains the previous fall, proposed slashing the OWI’s funding in 1943, Elmer Davis warned them that they would be allowing an unregulated motion 26 Hollywood in the Crucible of War Hollywood produces for the Overseas Picture Division of the Office of War Information, 1943.

It must be made crystal-clear that this is no Jewish cabal, meeting in cellars to devise ways and means of slaughtering Gentiles; and that it is not designed to preserve alleged Jewish control of the motion picture business. . 51 30 Hollywood in the Crucible of War This reluctance to present anti-Semitism also had significance for film portrayals of Germany and limited America’s blanket condemnation of racial and religious intolerance. As much as studio moguls bristled privately over anti-Semitism, they never emphasized it in their films, in part because it was not a theme upon which to build a united war effort.

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