Critical Theory And Popular Culture

Week 3: Popular Culture and Critical Theory/ Race and Racism

Initial discussion postings should be a minimum of 250 words.

 

Responses to each question should draw on key concepts you have learned during the week’s reading, and to a lesser extent, your personal experience and opinions. You are welcome to incorporate relevant supplemental material (i.e. a news item, website, youtube video, etc.)

NOTE: Anytime you use someone else’s ideas (i.e. a definition from the text or paraphrasing), you MUST use APA style citations.

See Appendix A in the syllabus for the grading scale.

 

QUESTION:

What are some of the main claims of critical theorists about popular culture and the media? How does critical theory explain racial and ethnic stereotyping? How/why is stereotyping harmful? Please provide specific examples of racial/ ethnic stereotyping. Post one item of relevant supplemental material.

 

The Week 3 Forum meets the following course objectives:

·      Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of social control.

·      Identify the research methods used to create knowledge about popular culture.

·      Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.

·      Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.

·      Analyze culture within individual, social, historical, political, economic, and global contexts.

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