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CTCS 192 midterm

CTCS 192 midterm - Week 7 Class in America Myths and...

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Week 7 Class in America: Myths and Realities by Gregory Mantsios Everyone in America is aware of class differences, but class is not in the domain of public discourse. Lower class individuals refer to their race, ethnic group, or geographic location to describe their class standing, and rich people tend to not see the advantages their class has afforded them. Two exceptions: 1) The middle class is discussed as a way of trying to encompass the majority of American society, and 2) if the lower and upper classes are discussed, the fact that they have a direct causal relationship is ignored. Statistics: 20% of the American population holds 85% of wealth, consumer goods, and financial assets in the country. Nearly 15% of the country lives below the poverty line. The gap between the rich and the poor is the widest it’s been since the government started collection this information in 1947. There is a myth in America that everyone is born on a level playing field, but this is not true. The “American Dream” is rarely found to be anything but a dream, and social mobility is not a common occurrence. Most people in American die in the same class they were born into. The class that you’re born into, increasingly likely to be the lower class, determines how good your healthcare is, and it has been determined that class correlates with health. Lower class citizens have a much higher infant mortality rate, and are much more likely to have arthritis, diabetes, nutrition deficiency, heart disease, and even mental illness. The class you’re born into all determines the education you receive, where you go to school and how good your education is, which has an impact on further education plans as well as career plans. It’s extremely hard for lower class citizens to break out of the system when they are not provided the same opportunities that upper class citizens receive. Racism and sexism compound the effects of classism in society. I don’t have Superfly 70s book, so I couldn’t take any notes on that, but here are my notes from the three review sessions I attended. Hopefully those will be of some use to everybody. - Jackie Review Sessions for Mid-Term (3/9/07 – 3/12/07)
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Format of the test: 5 questions, pick 3, spend 30 – 40 minutes on each question , use examples from the lectures, readings, and films in conjunction. Bring a pencil or pen and something hard to write on. Organize your thoughts in terms of who said what – know the authors of the articles and what they said . “You will refer to ‘em. I’ll tell you.” WEEK I: Crash “Cultural Studies, Multiculturalism, and Media Culture” by Douglas Kellner What is cultural studies? Culture is studied through society, politics, and economics, audience reception, and textual analysis. Look at things within their cultural context.
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