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Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Depth of Shallow Culture 2. The Baroque Sneaker: How the History of the Tennis Shoe Recapitulates Giorgio Vasari¿s Life Cycle of Art Styles 3. Rambo and Don Quixote: Cultural Icons of National Decline 4. A Sociology of Monsters: Making Mythical Creatures in the United States and Japan 5. A Sociology of Toys: How Transformers and Spiderman Embody the Philosophies of East and West 6. Bringing the Art Object Back In: Toward a New Realism in the Sociology of Culture References Index
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Civilization, Modern -- 21st century.