SMC103Y1 Lecture Notes - Youth Culture, Emic And Etic, Late Capitalism

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Kanye West Jesus Walks
Grio (?)
Posing as Jesus on Rolling Stone
Fashions self as Christian
KKK white vs Kanye West wearing white, complicates and subverts idea of faith,
innocence
Desire for personal connection with God but recognizing difficulty/tension
Kanye and halo saint-like identity
Valley of Shadows David
Doves
History
Ancient spectacle
Roman Empire and Christianity
Vases
Crucifixion/execution as popular culture
Crucifixion cease to be political punishment -> decoration/religious symbol
Xtianity illegal -> Constantine legalize -> become religion of state
Xtiniaty transform popular practices of empire, take ongoing popular festivals and
xtianize
Saturnalia pagan roots of Christmas
o Public banquet, drams, games, gift giving
o Associated with Jesus’s birth to celebrate, public commemoration
o Christianized Saturnalia
Xtian festivals
Reinvention of Xmas
Victorian Xmas
Discouraged during Puritan regime -> Victoria revive Xmas -> Charles Dickens
Christmas Carol
White Christmas popularized in London, where not many White Xmases…
Xmas cards, commercialization
Earliest radio Xtian… broadcasting sermons, hymns
Silent films
Popular music and gospel music (i.e. Elvis, Johnny Cash…)
Fissure between Xtianity and pop culture
Possibility of mass culture
American Xtianity personal relationship with God/Jesus, draws from all sources (inc.
pop culture), emotional, values experience
Connection is what matters > technical (i.e. Trinity)
Simple approach to interpretation of texts
Parker on Theories of Popular Culture
Pop culture
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