AMS 311S - AMS 311S: US Culture and Globalization August...

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AMS 311S: US Culture and Globalization August 29, 2008 Globalization is the: exchange of information across national boundaries expansion of economic policy by a country on another space/country people, products, ideas; movement of all three hybridization collapse of distinction cause/ effect in international terms labor o outsourcing o companies o immigration o migration of labor technology, industry illness, remedies social movements Culture is: way of life religion mores, beliefs social stigma art quality of life nation social structure class aesthetics and tastes folklore race, gender (social lenses) Globalization in terms of
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Process Economics Communications (language, internet, etc.) Possible dates 1500 (Columbus, exploration by Europeans, etc.) 1800 (Slave trade, mechanization, factories, US independence and its imitators) 1945 (WWII, United Nations/Supra-National oversight, Decolonization, 1989 (Internet, End of the Cold War, dissolution of Communism) Argument of the class points to 1890s. (US becoming more global internally and more felt externally) The Concept of Culture Culture as arts and letters o Distinction between “high” and “low” o Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy (1869) Culture as anthropology o Signs, Codes, “webs of significance” o E.B. Taylor, Primitive Culture (1871) Culture in the “cultural turn”; the rise of cultural studies o Culture as commoditization and consumption, ideology, popular/mass, race and class o Frankfurt School and Birmingham School September 3, 2008 Culture of U.S. Expansion I. Arguments for Empire a. Religion (Protestant Mission Abroad) i. Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists
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ii. Josiah Strong, Our Country (1895) – minister who supported missions
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