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Global America?The Cultural Consequences of Globalization$
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Ulrich Beck, Nathan Sznaider, and Rainer Winter

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239185

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313219

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From the Lisbon Disaster to Oprah Winfrey: Suffering as Identity in the Era of Globalization

From the Lisbon Disaster to Oprah Winfrey: Suffering as Identity in the Era of Globalization

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(p.189) Chapter 10 From the Lisbon Disaster to Oprah Winfrey: Suffering as Identity in the Era of Globalization
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Global America?
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Eva Illouz
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239185.003.0011

This chapter examines suffering as a form of collective identity, where transnational culture contains not only utopian possibilities but also makes a spectacle of private and public grief. It analyses the Oprah Winfrey Show, which exposes American sufferings and misfortunes in the public sphere. The chapter also discusses the ways in which the Oprah Winfrey Show represents a uniquely American phenomenon and has invented a cultural form that offers an example of ‘infra-globalization’, or ‘globalization from within’.

Keywords:   suffering, collective identity, transnational culture, grief, misfortunes, Oprah Winfrey Show

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