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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The Spiritual Forces of Rock & Roll
“In A Misfit’s Manifesto, Donna Gaines has invented a new genre—the socioautobiography, a book of enormous energy, caring, and wisdom that proves, once again, that the personal is political and that women make history, but not under the conditions that they choose. . . . Rarely has journalism possessed such depth of perspective or has sociology been so much fun to read.”
—Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University
Dubbed the Margaret Mead of heavy metal, Donna Gaines is a walking, talking oxymoron, a turnpike intellectual. A street-smart meditation on alienation and engagement, this new edition of A Misfit’s Manifesto (Paper, 0-8135-4054-2, $22.95) includes a scholarly introduction that considers memoir as a sociological as well as literary genre, as a reflexive means of understanding the self in social context while nurturing a sociological imagination. Social memoir, Gaines argues, illuminates problems like alienation, marginality, addiction, and suicide, while making sociology more user-friendly and public. Now this work of dazzling originality and iconoclasm that has inspired misfits everywhere is an ideal text for classroom use, making complex social theory exciting, timely, and relevant for students.
Donna Gaines is the author of the bestselling book Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead End Kids. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Ms., the Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Newsday and numerous scholarly venues.
First Paperback Edition
A Misfit’s Manifesto
The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart
408 pages, 6 x 9
Paper, $22.95, ISBN: 0-8135-4054-2
Publication Date: April 15, 2007
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