Could this trend point toward something deeper? In Awkwardness Adam Kotsko answers that question with a resounding yes. Drawing on key insights of cultural . Adam Kotsko: As the likes of Mad Men and Peep Show demonstrate, nothing brings people together quite like the breaking of social norms. Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.

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Awkwardness, in a different America, would supplant the dumbed-down pop and self-help schlock atop the nonfiction best-seller lists. He compares this to St. Its subject is relevant and its thesis is audacious: Paperback89 pages. Post-Fordist labor, which emphasizes communication and relies on permanent precarity among workers, is awkward partly because how value is produced is obscured.

In Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko answers that question with a resounding yes. I expected this to be a fun, quick read.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books aadm want to read. This page pamphlet is clearly and straightforwardly presented, but stylistically, it’s most akin to the college paper, with that genre’s clumsy locutions in the vein of “in this chapter, I will argue that Is it any wonder that people are drawn to awkwardness, that strange social bond that takes place outside the realm of normal social constraints?

Could this trend point toward something deeper?

Drawing on key insights of cultural theory, he argues that awkwardness is a structuring principle of human experience, something that the particular conditions of our time allow us to see with greater clarity than ever before.


This said, I think Kotsko’s founding of awkwardness on normative relativity is itself awkwqrdness.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It might stem from the violation of those norms by a particular person, as when someone tells a racist joke and no one knows how to respond, or from the collision of two incompatible sets of norms, as when David Brent brings the quest for reality show celebrity to the workplace.

Kotsko spends the bulk of the book examining how the symptoms of this basic awkwardness manifest themselves in two settings where traditional roles have broken down: Books by Adam Kotsko.

This analysis of television comedy is the meat of his work. She quotes a definition she likes in her characteristically stark prose: One Dimensional Woman Nina Power Exposes the dark heart of contemporary cultural life by examining pornography, consumer capitalism and the ideology of women’s work. Nov 06, Joshua Buhs rated it really liked it Shelves: Kotsko calls these gaps awkwardnessand he argues that it is the defining mood of our time.

Sep 18, Christine Spang rated it really liked it. Greg Smith rated it really liked it Apr 10, Apr 03, Mike Hayden rated it it was ok. Hollywood obscures the boring toil of actual work in favor of its entertaining interruptions for obvious and structural reasons.

To find the origin of so many awkward tv shows and movies, Kotsko traces the flowering of contemporary awkwardness to the breakdown of pres Fordist social norms: Post Cinematic Affect Steven Shaviro This book ponders the fate of the movies in a world of digital media, globalization, and massive financial flows.


At its best, awkward humour is more than entertainment — it is a lesson in solidarity. Rather than flee from awkwardness or try to eliminate it by allowing one group to assimilate the social structures of another, Kotsko says we should understand St. Mar 09, Stephen Case rated it really liked it. Drawing on key insights of cultural theory, he argues that awkwardness is a structuring princ Awkwardness has been one of the defining traits of the awkwardly unnamed first decade of our young century, dominating comedy on both the big and small screens.

In Awkwardness Adam Kotsko answers that question with a resounding yes. This is a despairing response to the failure of the s revolution to produce a new positive vision for coming of age and living in community, resulting in a pervasive sense that despite the fact that we can never fully embrace the traditional norms, we are somehow hardwired to head in that direction and will do so immediately once our attempts to do something else fail. Awkwardness by Adam Kotsko.

Apatovian movies show the failure of the s to create new forms of communities and rites of passage—how do boys become men—which is all about cultural awkwardness phasing into radical awkwardness: