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AMST0355

Theories of Popular Culture

Theories of Popular Culture
This course introduces a range of theoretical approaches to study popular culture, exploring the intersection between everyday life, mass media, and broader political and historical contexts within the United States. We will consider key theoretical readings and approaches to studying culture, including ideology and hegemony theory, political economy, audience studies, subcultural analysis, the politics of taste, and cultural representations of identity. Using these theoretical tools, we will examine a range of popular media and sites of cultural expression, from television to toys, technology to music, to understand popular culture as a site of ongoing political and social struggle. (Formerly AMST/FMMC 0275) (FMMC 0102 or FMMC 0104 or FMMC 0236 or AMST 0211) 3 hrs. lect./disc./3 hrs. screen.
Subject:
American Studies
Department:
Program in American Studies
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
SOC
Equivalent Courses:
AMST0275
FMMC0275
FMMC0355 *
AMCV0275

Sections

Spring 2015

AMST0355A-S15 Lecture (Mittell)

Spring 2011

AMST0355A-S11 Lecture (Mittell)

Spring 2009

AMST0355A-S09 Lecture (Mittell)