Style and Identity in Youth Cultures|
Fall 2014 not offered
This course focuses on young people's engagements with commercially provided culture and their implications for identity formation. We begin in the postwar United States, when producers of symbolic goods, such as movies, music, and clothes, began aggressively tailoring products for young people; over the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st, new youth-oriented cultural commodities and sites of consumption have been used by young people in diverse ways to define themselves in relationships to adult society and to other young people. We will examine young people's intensifying involvement with the cultural market, with attention to both the diversity of youth-cultural formations that have emerged within the United States and to the global circulation of Euro-American youth culture. Using case studies, we will consider the ways in which young people's consumption practices have both reinforced and transgressed intersecting boundaries of class, race, gender, and nationality. An overarching concern in the course will be to assess whether or to what extent particular cultural practices may help prepare young people for positions of privilege, reconcile them to structural disadvantages, or provide them with resources to challenge the dominant society.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(EDST)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Amy Wilkins, WANNABES, GOTHS, and CHRISTIANS: THE BOUNDARIES OF SEX, STYLE, AND STATUS
Oneka LaBennett, SHE'S MAD REAL: POPULAR CULTURE AND WEST INDIAN GIRLS IN BROOKLYN
Other authors we will read include, Paul Hodkinson, Angela McRobbie, Bill Osgerby, Grace Palladino, Sarah Thornton, Anoop Nayak, Joe Austin, Jennifer Tilton, Sunaina Maira, and Amy Best
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 short (3-5 page) papers on assigned topics; final 8-10 page paper on student-selected topic
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Each student will participate in a group that leads a class discussion.
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