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Feb 27 - Culture and Power Wednesday, February 27, 2008...

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Culture and Power Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:28 AM   I. Models of Cultural Power "The control of ideas is considered a source of power. What people know, what they  believe in, and how they interpret the world, have an important effect on their choices  and consequently their actions" Mainstream Culture Model -  there is a core set of beliefs that are maintained  and accepted by the majority of Americans. There is a dominant culture.   Referent Class-  the standard bearers. The criteria that the  mainstream culture looks to.   Historically characterized by  experiences of those who are Male, Caucasian and protestant.  Today: Upper middle class, highly educated, live in the cities.  There is a stable set of beliefs that is prescribed to Americans and  any group can participate in these values There are people that are not included in the mainstream culture Goth community was a subculture resisting mainstream  culture Gay/Lesbian community Cultural Conflict Model-  these different groups are   using ways to promote  what they think is successful and appropriate. We see this in many ways.  Religious, political Famous for talking about cultural conflict in terms of blue  and red America. According to Brooks, he talks about how  there are two Americans, a blue and a red. You find blues on 
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