AMST201 Study Guide 1-1

AMST201 Study Guide 1-1 - AMST201StudyGuide1 04:27

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AMST201 Study Guide 1 04:27 Driving Force of Globalization: Capitalism Synonym for state: Government  Key Words to know Culture o Learned o Three elements of cultural systems Ways of organizing society Systems of meaning The distinctive techniques of a group and their characteristic products o Culture is a process and is always changing o Cultural products and practices Can be read like a text and identifies people based on the ideologies  created from various forms of discourse. Discourse o Mediums in which we communicate, images seen. o How people understand ideologies based on above. o A collection of images, cultural products, institutions and practices that  provide a common language to support particular themes and ideologies. Exceptionalism  o Defines the U.S. by not only what it is, but also by what it claims that it is  not
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o Emphasizes the perceived unique qualities about the U.S. o Designed for the purpose of creating unity and national belonging in the  US In creating unity, the US can then become a world power and leader o Idea of Myth/Symbol Assimilation Political liberation Social mobility All three create national narratives and create a unified community Not all true, which becomes problematic in portraying our myths to  the rest of the world. Orientalism o An ideological process o Creates the East/West binary Values attached to the Occident/orient o Goal is that of “othering” and domination o Does not accurately reflect cultures beyond the West, it intentionally  distorts them Transnationalism o Stretching across the borders of various nations o Challenges the idea that the nation is a fixed unit of study
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AMST201 Study Guide 1-1 - AMST201StudyGuide1 04:27

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