Both an exploration of the ways in which we fashion our public identity and a manual of modern sociability, this lively and readable book explores the techniques we use to present ourselves to the world: body language, tone of voice, manners, demeanour, 'personality' and personal style. DescriptionBoth an exploration of the ways in which we fashion our public identity and a manual of modern sociability, this lively and readable book explores the techniques we use to present ourselves to the world: body language, tone of voice, manners, demeanour, 'personality' and personal style. The original Hawaiian people had set sail over 2,000 miles from their original home in Bora-Bora somewhere between A.D. In the early part of the 20th century, a pre jet-setter contingent of European and American culturalities began traveling to various islands in the South Pacific.
Surfing was the stuff of popular writers; Mark Twain mentions surfing in his early book Roughing It, and Jack London wrote of his first observations of a surfer in 1907. Chidester and Priore could have phoned this in; a splashy, cursory overview of the surf scene might have been enough reportage on a lifestyle that has largely faded from public view. Drawing on historical commentators from Castiglione to Machiavelli, and from Marcel Mauss to Roland Barthes, Joanne Finkelstein looks to popular visual culture, including Hollywood film and makeover TV, to show how it provides blueprints for the successful construction of 'persona'.


Pop Surf Culture a splashy, capacious and readable history of the scene, brings together the strands of surfing’s multi-sourced past. Artists such as Gauguin, Picasso and Man Ray began to apply tastes of Polynesian, Micronesian and African carving to their Euro bohemian sophistication. No walls of narrative here; every page is crowded with images of the corresponding period, perfectly in keeping with the coffee table book format. She also discusses the role of fashion and of status symbols and how advertising sells these to us in our never ending quest for social mobility. This was a time when seafarers of other civilizations were content to sail beside the bulk of a charted continental coast. Page by page, chapter by chapter, what emerges is a visually-driven history as organic in its expression as it is comprehensive in scope. More than a catalog of beach-blanket movies or a survey of surf music, it connects the historical dots between the surf culture we experienced domestically, the economic culture that made it marketable, and the foreign cultures that made it possible in the first place.


Finkelstein's interest here is not in the veracity of the self - recently dissected by critical theory - but rather in the ways in which we style this 'self', in the enduring appeal of the 'new you' and in our fascination with deception, fraudulent personalities and impostors.
Finkelstein's interest here is not in the veracity of the self - recently dissected by critical theory - but rather in the ways in which we style this 'self', in the enduring appeal of the 'new you' and in our fascination with deception, fraudulent personalities and impostors.Author InfoJoanne Finkelstein is Professor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Ed. These master Polynesia seamen had also figured out how to bodysurf and belly board before reaching Hawaii.
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