Dissertation Crunch Time: Library Trip


I’ve got about a month left until school starts at which point things will get very tight in terms of time on my hands. So, I took a trip to three local libraries to load up on some books to dive into as fast as possible. Some of which I’ve gone through before, some were recommended, some have been on my short list and have finally made it home, and others, were that happy sort of find when you’re in the aisle looking for something else, and instead this one jumps off the shelf as PERFECT!

Perhaps this isn’t the most intriguing of posts, but, below is my August self-prescribed reading list. Let’s see how many I can get through and if they have value for my dissertation and/or book-in-progress.

After Subculture: Crtitical Studies in Contemporary Youth Culture

Consumer Culture and Postmodernism

The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition

Social Theory for a Changing Society

Fashion Theory: A Reader

The Study of Dress History

Establishing Dress History

The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism

The Post-Subcultures Reader

The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media

Getting It on: The Clothing of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

So yeah, I realize it’s a long list. But I’ve read some of them before and they just need a re-read. And others I will skim for important passages and chapters. Others will get a thorough read in an effort to embrace the entire topic of the text. And some will just sit on the shelf. But honestly, that will be the minority, as I’ve found that grad school is certainly not for light readers.

Thank goodness I picked a dissertation topic I’m still not sick of. I was clued in about that long ago, and have dealt with those challenges before. Advice to the would-be doctoral student: always pick a topic you won’t bore of, because let me tell you, this list is the tip of the iceberg. This is my reading for one month…now multiply that by a four year program and you can see why I’m saying pick something you’re passionate about.

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  • Kat August 08, 2009 11.22 am

    Awesome list! This is going to be a major help when I start school in the fall, as I too am a fan of subculture clothing (particularly focusing on the Hipster movement and trends of the 1990s). That is the key though, to find an interesting topic you love. Can’t wait to hear about your progress!

  • Paula August 09, 2009 06.46 pm

    I love this list, too! Most of this is stuff I’d like to read just because I’m interested-not because I have too, or for a class or anything. Thanks for the list-I hope you keep posting your reading lists!

  • Cassandra January 01, 2010 11.55 am

    Very nice. Keep up the good work you are on the right track. Passion in art and life is everything. I am into dandy style and so was this artist. If you don’t know her take a look. Did an early article in the 1980s–in Art Crit on her and fashion might be of some interest although more art history and feminist than people are into currently.
    Best of luck with the work.


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