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Producing the American zombie film : a sociological understanding of the genesis and evolution of a genre, by Todd Platts

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Producing the American zombie film : a sociological understanding of the genesis and evolution of a genre
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Producing the American zombie film
Title remainder
a sociological understanding of the genesis and evolution of a genre
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by Todd Platts
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eng
Summary
This dissertation integrates three literatures in the sociological epistemology of culture to historiographically document the evolution of zombie cinema from its cinematic genesis in White Zombie (1932) to its pyrrhic institutionalization in Dawn of the Dead (1978). Hitherto, a majority of scholars interested in zombie films, explicitly or implicitly, employ variations of societal reflection orientations to unsheathe the walking dead as "barometer[s] of cultural anxiety" (Dendle 2007: 45). At their best these approaches demonstrate how diachronic constructs of zombies draw from extant cultural anxieties in order to reflect them back to audiences who often seek symbolic resolutions for those concerns. However, this knowledge is gained at the elision of examining both the culture industries responsible for the creation of all cinematic fare (cf. Peterson and Anand 2004) and the internal cultural ecology of zombies that affords rampant re-imaginings of the creatures (cf. Kaufman 2004). This project, then, explores the convergence of reflectionist understandings, production approaches, and endogenous accounts in the evolution of zombie cinema from 'white' zombies to 'night' zombies by developing three sensitizing concepts (Blumer 1954): opportunity space, transition capacity, and endogenous genre ecology. While applied zombie films, the concepts - in their integration of three disparate research traditions - are general in orientation and therefore contribute to the corpus of sociology
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MUU
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Platts, Todd
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Ph. D.
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Thesis
Dissertation year
2013.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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University of Missouri--Columbia
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • theses
  • bibliography
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Brekhus, Wayne
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  • Zombie films
  • United States
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Producing the American zombie film : a sociological understanding of the genesis and evolution of a genre, by Todd Platts
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  • "A Dissertation Presented to the Graduate School University of Missouri In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Wayne Brekhus
  • Vita
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-238)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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871203526
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1 online resource (x, 239 pages)
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online
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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charts.
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remote
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(OCoLC)871203526
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Producing the American zombie film : a sociological understanding of the genesis and evolution of a genre, by Todd Platts
Publication
Note
  • "A Dissertation Presented to the Graduate School University of Missouri In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Wayne Brekhus
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-238)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
871203526
Extent
1 online resource (x, 239 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
charts.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871203526

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