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My third refereed journal article has been published! (please spread the word ^_^ ) 
17th-Dec-2010 09:31 am
The time from first inspiration to final publication of this article was "only" a year, which in the wonderful world of academe is beyond lightning fast. Many thanks to journal editors Joan Ormrod and David Huxley for their encouragement and support.

Full citation: Brienza, Casey. 2010. "Producing Comics Culture: A Sociological Approach to the Study of Comics." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 1 (2): 105-119.

Abstract: This paper introduces a sociological approach to the study of art and literature and demonstrates its value as a methodological intervention in the field of comics studies. Known as the 'production of culture' perspective, this approach argues that all artistic work - including comics - is the product of collective, often routinized, human activity. Therefore, it is not sufficient merely to study the text and/or the artist to whom the work is directly attributed. Rather, to fully understand any artistic work, one must also study the larger social and organizational context of its production and dissemination. In the first part of the paper, I will provide an overview of the production of culture approach, discussing some of its foundational theorists and their respective intellectual contributions. Sociologists covered will include Howard Becker, Pierre Bourdieu, and Richard A. Peterson. In the second part of the paper, I will present an example of how this approach may be applied in scholarly practice. Using the transnational comics publishing industry in Japan and the United States as a case study, I will show how the conditions and mode of production help to determine the particular sorts of texts that are actually created. Finally, I will conclude with a discussion of the limitations of the production of culture approach and possible directions for future research.

Keywords: cultural production; methodology; manga; transnationalism; Japan-US relations; Pierre Bourdieu; Richard A. Peterson

Available for download here.

List of my previously published work may be found here.
17th-Dec-2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
21st-Dec-2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
17th-Dec-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
That's amazingly fast! congrats :)
21st-Dec-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was very lucky this time. Thanks!
17th-Dec-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)

I'm saving it to read on a slow day at work... :)
21st-Dec-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)

Don't feel obligated to read it or anything, of course. ^^;;
17th-Dec-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
As always congrats!!! (Your work is always inspiring, you should be very proud).
21st-Dec-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
You flatter me fa~r too much. ^^;;
16th-Jan-2011 10:06 pm (UTC) - provides access
I love it! Could perhaps be a tad more polished, but it’s far better than what we use at the moment, nonetheless
16th-Jan-2011 10:18 pm (UTC) - Re: provides access
Many thanks for your reply. I am of the view that nothing is ever finished; it's done simply when we refuse to stop.

Everything is a work in progress. Stay tuned! ^_~
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