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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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Gary
Oct 06, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
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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 (small) weakness of the book is that it relies on popular cultural examples of transgressors students may 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 much. I am inclined to see the subjects in the way he p ...more
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Aug 07, 2009 Lucy rated it it was ok
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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