American Culture 201: First Two Lectures

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Department
American Culture
Course
AMCULT 100
Professor
Kristin Hass
Semester
Fall

Description
American Culture 201 1865 to present imagining community nationalism and the problems of weU of M 1935 first American Studies departmentMyth and Symbol School1950s Social History1960s Cultural History1970s Ethnic Studies1980s Whiteness Studies 1990s Constructionism 2000sNationalismprevalent form of social organization how can we understand culturesFour themesPatriotism and WarRacial hierarchies Gender and the idea of separate spheres as a solution to the moral problems of industrial capitalismNatural rootsThinking About NationsEmerged from particular historical circumstancesoCircumstances political cultural and abstractBooks expanded became cheaper and more commonPeople started to have deep cognitive relationships with people not in their townoCreated an elevated level of shared cultureThe nation is secular cognitive terrain constructed by willfully misremembered pasts Benedict AndersonTop 20 of population thinking about social organizations and about people in a bigger community1750s60s people had profound shared sense of mi
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