Cultural Citizenship

Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age

Toby Miller
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248 pages
6 x 9
2 tables, 1 figure, 1 halftone

A lively, incisive view of what citizenship means today

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What does it mean to be a "citizen" today, in an age of unbridled consumerism, terrorism, militarism, and multinationalism? In this passionate and dazzling book, Toby Miller dares to answer this question with the depth of thought it deserves. Fast-moving and far-ranging, Cultural Citizenship blends fact, theory, observation, and speculation in a way that continually startles and engages the reader.

Although he is unabashedly liberal in his politics, Miller is anything but narrow minded. He looks at media coverage of September 11th and the Iraq invasion as well as "infotainment"-such as Food and Weather channels-to see how U.S. TV is serving its citizens as part of "the global commodity chain." Repeatedly revealing the crushing grip of the invisible hand of television, Miller shows us what we have given up in our drive to acquire and to "belong."

For far too long, "cultural citizenship" has been a concept invoked without content. With the publication of this book, it has at last been given flesh and substance.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
1. What Is Cultural Citizenship? 27
2. Television Terror: Being Ignorant, Living in Manhattan 74
3. Television Food: From Brahmin Julia to Working-Class Emeril 112
4. Television Weather: Tomorrow Will Be . . . Risky and Disciplined 144
Conclusion 177
References 181
Index 229

About the Author(s)

Toby Miller is Professor of English, Sociology, and Women's Studies, and Director of The Program in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the editor of two journals: Television & New Media and Social Identities, and the author of Sportsex (Temple).