Cultures of Darkness: Night Travels in the Histories of Trangression
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Cultures of Darkness: Night Travels in the Histories of Trangression

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Peasants, religious heretics, witches, pirates, runaway slaves, prostitutes and pornographers, frequenters of taverns and fraternal society lodge rooms, revolutionaries, blues and jazz musicians, beats, and contemporary youth gangs--those who defied authority, choosing to live outside the defining cultural dominions of early insurgent and, later, dominant capitalism are wh...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Monthly Review Press
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I might use this in a class or place it on reserve for a seminar. It offers a good introduction to its subject, but from an insider perspective. In other words, the weakness of the book is that it relies on popular cultural examples of the transgressors we already know very well and in a way that will likely not challenge common perceptions of their narratives. I like the book because I like the topic, but I've learned nothing.

So, good book for folks new to the literature. Nothing too challengin...more
Aug 07, 2009 Lucy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the daring
Author suggests that social change comes from the milieu of outcasts, as well as outsiders. A vibrant, scholarly SINthesis to skim.
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