ANT 310L • Introduction to Cultural Studies
|29830 to 29845||Multiple Sections||
This course surveys the dynamic terrains of contemporary cultural studies. We examine the emergence of public space and the nuanced forms of cultural activity that thrive in diverse sites, such as malls, highways, themes parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and clubs. Central questions stem from a basic query concerning how seemingly "private" things such as feelings and identities are invented or shaped by popular culture, the culture industry, and institutions? We ask, as well, how culture generates varied sensibilities, dreams, styles, discourses, and forms of power within the United States. In grappling with these and other wide ranging questions, we will discuss how theories of difference, articulation, conjuncture, performativity and relationality, help us think about how culture works? From these theoretical reflections, students will develop an overview of the range of interdisciplinary approaches to studying cultural dynamics today.