Popular Culture, Theories and Practices

CULANTH 705S

Theories and writings about popular culture questioning what it is, its relation to mass and dominant culture(s), what politics and pleasures it carries, and how it varies over time and across space. Project-based with emphasis on conducting studies of popular culture. Focus on methodology analyzing specific forms of popular culture. Issues include transnationalism, capitalism, postmodernism, production, consumption, ethnography, fantasy, and identity. 3 units.