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Learning from New Orleans: The Social Warrant of Hostile Privatism and Competitive Consumer Citizenship


"Rethinking American Culture" was a forum featuring the work of George Lipsitz in a dialogue between American Studies and anthropology about the ways in which "new forms of commercial patterns and practices, new movements of people and products, and new communications technologies are producing new ways of studying culture." This dialogue addresses the struggles over the social warrants of U.S. culture in the 21st century and how historians and anthropologists might best describe and analyze such warrants and reconstitute these fields, both of which are under pressure in a present "moment of danger" made all the more visible by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Editorial Footnotes

Cultural Anthropology has published other articles on New Orleans, such as: Helen A. Regis, "Second Lines, Minstrelsy, and the Contested Landscapes of New Orleans Afro-Creole Festivals" Cultural Anthropology Nov 1999, Vol. 14, No. 4: 472-504.

Relevant Media from the Author

George Lipsitz, Op-Ed: New Orleans - One Year After Katrina

George Lipsitz, An Interview: Conversations with Scholars of American Popular Culture

Other Relevant Work by Cultural Analysts

Jeffrey David Ehrenreich, "Bodies, Beads, Bones and Feathers: the masking tradition of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans - a photo essay" City & Society Jun 2004, Vol. 16, No. 1: 117-150.

Helen A. Regis, "Blackness and the Politics of Memory in the New Orleans Second Line" American Ethnologist Nov 2001, Vol. 28, No. 4: 752-777.

Links to Hurricane Katrina Information

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