Prerequisites: A full-credit second-year sociology course.
GENERAL OVERVIEW This course is designed to offer a critical examination of culture in contemporary capitalist society. Focussing on the connections between cultural activity and larger social relations and structures, we will explore the social contexts of cultural production, especially of the consumption of symbolic expressions, artefacts, and meanings. While studies of culture have often been perceived as marginal to sociology, in recent years there has developed a vast and fascinating body of work that recognizes the complexity of the cultural in social life. Tapping into this literature, while remaining grounded in the sociological tradition, we will conceptualize culture across a variety of dimensions, particularly as it is mediated by capital. Although key themes and concepts (e.g., power, commodification, hegemony, the struggle over meanings, the transformation of nature) will be woven throughout the content of "Culture & Society", this full-year course has been structured around five independent, but related "units". They are as follows: 1) Cultural Theory 2) Culture, Consumption & Everyday Life 3) The State & Cultural Policy 4) The Culture of Science & Technology 5) Power, Resistance & Cultural Change. Within each unit a number of associated topics will be covered, all of which I hope can shed light on both your academic and personal experiences and insights.
REQUIRED READINGS (available from Trent University Bookstore)
SO 345 Culture & Society Coursepack, edited by Deborah Parnis. Toronto: CSPI, 2007.
2) Glass Paper Beans: Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things Leah Hager Cohen. New York: Doubleday, 1997 [Winter Term].
I may, from time to time, give you a ‘hand-out’ reading if I come across one that seems especially useful for the subject matter we are discussing.
Take-Home Test ...........................................................................10%
Handed out on Oct. 16, to be submitted Oct. 30
Mid-Year Test ...............................................................................25%
Scheduled Holiday examination period (Dec. 8 - 20)
Based on Glass Paper Beans, the topic selections will be given to you at the end of the first term. You are to submit an essay proposal/outline by Jan. 29. The essay is due on Feb. 26.
Final Examination ...................................................................…..30%
Scheduled final examination period (Apr. 9 - 24)
Active Seminar Participation*.....................................................15%
*Please Note: Seminar participation is a very important part of this course. To help digest and interpret the materials that will be used I expect you to come to class having completed the weekly readings which are listed on the Course Schedule below the weekly lecture title. Occasionally I will ask you to make a brief written submission. Your contributions during these discussions will be a valuable part of exploring ideas, issues and debates in a smaller group setting. At minimum, I anticipate that you will listen attentively. However, more active participation implies some form of contribution such as asking questions, challenging ideas and/or responding to others’ thoughts in ways that might help us all better understand the course materials.
COURSE GUIDELINES 1) All assignments are due on the dates indicated. While extensions may be granted on medical/compassion grounds (with appropriate documentation), work that is late without just cause (ie. due to poor time management) will be penalized as follows:
1 - 3 calendar days late = 5% of assigned grade
4 - 5 calendar days late = 10% of assigned grade
6 - 7 calendar days late = 15% of assigned grade
*Assignments more than 7 days late will be not accepted
Be careful not to make travel plans or other commitments that might coincide with exam dates – University policy dictates that you must write your exams at the scheduled time.
2) Always keep a copy of any work handed in. Any work you submit must be original. Plagiarism on assignments, and cheating on tests or examinations are very serious academic offenses and carry penalties ranging from failure on a test to debarment from the University. In September 2003, Trent University instituted an “Academic Dishonesty Policy” which is printed in the Calendar Supplement. Please read this to familiarize yourself with the expectations of the University with respect to academic integrity.
3)You are responsible for all materials presented in this course, including
assigned readings, lectures and any videos/films that are shown in class.
4) If you are having any difficulty understanding course material and/or assignments please come and see me before the problem gets out of hand. I am more than happy and willing to work through any questions you may have and to help you with interpreting any readings that you may not understand (assuming that you have read them thoroughly and have been attending classes). Please always feel free to come to talk with me in person, or email me concerning any difficulties or problems you may have. Remember also the very valuable services provided by the Academic Skills Centre and Student Counseling.
5) Access to Instruction It is Trent University’s intent to create an inclusive learning environment. If a student has a disability and/or health consideration and feels that he/she may need accommodations to succeed in this course, the student should contact the Disability Services Office (BL Suite 109, 748-1281, email@example.com) as soon as possible. Complete text can be found under Access to Instruction in the Academic Calendar
COURSE SCHEDULE - 2007/2008
UNIT 1: CULTURAL THEORY This first unit is designed to familiarize you with some of the key theorists and debates within the sociological study of culture. Focusing on the ways in which culture and society are distinct yet inter-related, we will explore the works of classical sociological theorists, as well as some of the more recent contributions that have been made towards an understanding of the cultural dimensions of our society. Further, in looking at the different forms that culture takes as it is mediated by capital, we will probe the constructed differences between 'popular culture' and 'art culture', and how cultural forms have shifted in the postmodern context.
*All of the readings listed below are from the SO 345 Coursepack. Please note that [O] means that a reading is optional - it is not required, but is there for your interest.
“Welcome” & Introduction to the Course (no seminars this week)
Conceptualizing 'Culture': A Sociological Perspective (no seminars this week)
Culture: A Sociological View (Howard Becker)
Towards a Sociology of Culture [excerpt] (Raymond Williams)
How Culture Works (Michael Schudson)
'Culture' in The Classical Tradition (Durkheim, Weber, Marx) (seminars begin)
Culture (Raymond Williams)
Touching Greatness: The Central Midwest Barry Manilow Fan Club
Material Activity, Consciousness and Ideology (Karl Marx) [O]
Oct 2 Situating 'Culture': Modernity & Postmodernism
Postmodernism (Dominic Strinati)
Moral Boundaries, Leisure Activities and Justifying Fun (Gary Alan Fine)
Art, Aesthetics & The Relative Autonomy of Culture
Art as Collective Action (Howard Becker)
The Picture Frame: An Aesthetic Study (Georg Simmel)
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (Walter Benjamin) [O]
Popular Cultural Industries & The Commodification of Creativity Take-home test to be handed out
Gramsci’s Concept of Hegemony [excerpt] (Dominic Strinati)
Teen Idle (Wall Street Journal/Classroom Edition)
High Culture vs. Popular Culture Revisited (Diana Crane)
Culture and Ideological Hegemony (Antonio Gramsci) [O]
The Promotional Condition of Contemporary Culture (Andrew Wernick) [O]
Video to be shown during the workshop: “Advertising & the End of the World”
Oct 23 (Reading Week – no class)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNIT 2: CULTURE, CONSUMPTION & EVERYDAY LIFE
Unit 2 moves our study towards the practices of "everyday life". Here we will focus on consumption and its place in the cultural circuit wherein artifacts, as commodities, become integrated into ordinary experiences. Starting with Marx and the “fetishism of commodities”, we will move to look at the historically intrinsic role of advertising and popular culture in facilitating mass consumption since the rise of industrialization. In terms of this Unit's emphasis on everyday life, the 'culture of consumption' will be examined with respect to leisure and lifestyle issues (along with how cultural objects actively promote/reinforce stratification), for which we will turn to the writings of Max Weber, Thorstein Veblen and Pierre Bourdieu. In keeping with the theme of culture in relation to nature, we will also look at the commodification of environments, beginning with the private sphere of the ‘home’, and then 'traveling' to an analysis of the built environments that we encounter through the cultural phenomenon of tourism.
Oct 30 (Take-home test to be handed in)
Consumer Society & The Fetishism of Commodities
Meaning Manufacture & Movement in the World of Goods (Grant McCracken)
Blue Jeans (Fred Davis)
The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret (Karl Marx) [O]
Advertising: Making the Link Between Production & Consumption
Selling Good(s): On the Genealogy of Modern Advertising (Pasi Falk)
Advertising in the Age of Accelerated Meaning (Goldman/Papson)
What’s In A Package (Thomas Hines) [O]
I Hate Myself and Want to Buy (Heath/Potter)
Nov 13 The Culture of Lifestyle & 'Taste': From Weber to Veblen to Bourdieu
Class, Status, Party [excerpt] (Max Weber)
The Uses of Things (Don Slater)
From Status-Seeking to Coolhunting (Heath/Potter)
Conspicuous Consumption (Thorstein Veblen) [O]
Artistic Taste and Cultural Capital (Pierre Bourdieu) [O]
Video to be shown during the Workshop: “Lawn & Order”
Nov 20 Personal Spaces & The Culture of "Home"
The Semiotics of Home Decor (Joan Kron)
Reading the Shopping Mall City (Nancy Backes)
Leaving the Private Sphere: Tourism & the Manipulation of Environments
The View From the Road: Recreation & Tourism (Alex Wilson)
Disney World: Public Use/Private State (Susan Willis)
SUVs & the Exploitation of the American Myth (David Goewey)
Aboriginal Cultural Tourism in Canada (Valda Blundell) [O]
Dec 4 Term review and preparation for mid-year exam during seminar period
During this class I will hand out the essay assignment that is due next term to those who would prefer to start reading Glass Paper Beans over the holidays
*Mid-Year Exam (To be scheduled during the Holiday examination period Dec 8 - 20)
UNIT 3: THE STATE & CULTURAL POLICY
Unit 3 shifts our emphasis away from the practices of everyday life to the structures and activities of the state. We will study cultural policy with respect to the ways in which the state delimits ‘official’ and non-official cultural sectors, as well as how it defines the Canadian 'public' as both citizens and a consuming audience. The concept of 'cultural nationalism' will be examined first at the theoretical level, and then more substantively in terms of the notions of representation, ‘Canadian identity’ and creation of a national consciousness through state regulation. Finally, in this Unit we will explore the concept of 'property' and the ways in which the state defines and manages intellectual and cultural property in the interests of capital. In doing this, we will be asking; who creates, who uses, who profits, and how does the state mediate these relations? This topic is timely in light of the changes emerging from the rapidly expanding computer-based distributions of cultural symbols and expressions. This increased commodification of information is presenting a significant challenge to the more traditional practices of copyright and ownership.
Citizenry, The Public Sphere & ‘Official Culture’
Ritual Space in the Canadian Museum of Civilization: Consuming Canadian Identity
Raptor Morality & Black Public Masculinity in Canada (Gamal Abdel-Shehid)
What Makes a Canadian (Bruce Wallace) [O]
Cultural Nationalism: Geographic Boundaries, Imagined Communities & Virtual Neighbourhoods
Culture and the Integration of National Societies (Michael Schudson)
Virtual Communities as Commuties: Net Surfers, Don’t Ride Alone
(Barry Wellman & Milena Gulnia)
Jan 22 “Cancon”: Competing Identities & the Struggles for Representation in The Canadian Context
Dilemmas of Definition (Will Straw)
As Canadian As Possible…Regional Myths, Images of Place & National Identity in Canadian Country Music (John Lehr)
Rap, Black Atlantic Identities and the Problem of Nation (Rinaldo Walcott)
Video to be shown during Lecture period: “Canada, Eh?”
Jan 29 Cultural 'Property': Capital Interests & State Regulation Glass Paper Beans essay proposal to be submitted
This is a Sampling Sport: Digital Sampling, Rap Music & the Law in Cultural Production (Thomas G. Schumacher)
What is an Author? (Michel Foucault) [O]
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNIT 4: THE CULTURE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY This Unit looks at how science and technology have shaped, and been shaped by our culture and the demands of a capitalist social formation. We will start theoretically with the insightful works of Max Weber on rationalism and religion. The tenuous co-existence of these cultural patterns/structures will provide the analytical framework from which we will move to examine how 'the cult of rationality' has become integrated into the power structures of our society both ideologically and in terms of productive and consumptive practices. Two issues will be key in this section. First, we will look critically at the phenomenon of the new 'Information Age' which, it is prophesied, is now upon us. Are we living through an 'information revolution'? Whose interests are being served in the expansion of communications technologies? What are some of the social and personal implications of recent technological changes? Then we will finish this Unit with a critical consideration of biotechnology and the human attempts to manipulate, control and commodify the last and most minute dimension of physical life, DNA. The commercialization of human genes raises fundamental questions about our culture in general, as well as our morals, values, attitudes towards nature and concepts of 'value'.
Feb 5 Rationality, Religion & the Value of Scientific "Truth"
The Iron Cage of Modern Rationalism (Ralph Schroeder)
Science in an Old Testament Style (Christopher Toumey)
Science as Power: Experts, Corporations & the Ideology of
The Egg & The Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles (Emily Martin)
Science, Technology & Risk Coverage of a Community Conflict (Cynthia-Lou Coleman)
Feb 19 Reading Week (no class)
Feb 26 Information Technology: Myths & Realities of The New 'Information Society'
Glass Paper Beans essay to be handed in.
The Computer as Sacred and Profane (Jeffrey Alexander)
Information and the Idea of an Information Society (Frank Webster)
Computers & Capitalism: Tragic Misuse of Technology (Nicholas Baran) [O]
Video to be shown during Lecture period: “Selling the Future”
Biotechnology & the Commodification of Nature
Genes For Sale (Ruth Hubbard & Elijah Wald)
Invasion of the Data Snatchers (Bret Dawson) [O]
Film on biotechnology to be shown during class (no readings assigned)
UNIT 5: POWER, RESISTANCE & CULTURAL CHANGE Unit 5 is the final unit in this course. Here we will tie together many of the conceptual threads that have run through the material to this point, drawing them into an analysis of the meanings and possibilities of resistance and change. How is cultural change possible, and from which sites is it most likely to arise? In a society marked and mediated by the 'electronic', how do we escape cultural alienation to create truly satisfying human relations? How do we reconstitute self-identities grounded in, and representative of our everyday local experiences in an increasingly global and diversified context? Do we have the imagination necessary to conceive of, and consciously pursue alternatives to the cultural representations of hegemony, especially as they become more and more fragmented and complex? What vision can we present to illustrate shared imaginations and collective action? In exploring these questions we will look at examples of sub-cultures, protest movements and some of the more recent sites of resistance that are appearing through new social groupings, identities and modes of interaction.
Mar 18 Sub-cultures, Counter-cultures and Resistance
Benetton’s World Without Borders (Henry A. Giroux)
Marketing After a Tragedy (Wall Street Journal/Classroom Edition)
Sad is Too Mild a Word: Press Coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Patrick Daley)
Rebel Girl, You are the Queen of my World: Feminism, ‘Subculture’, & Grrl Power
(Marion Leonard) [O]
Mar 25 Agency, Fantasy and the Collective Imagination: Recipe for Change?
Power Play & Party Politics: The Significance of Raving (Daniel Martin)
Nature’s Body and the Metaphors of Food (Joseph Gusfield)
Towards a New Politics of Consumption [O]
Course & Term Review (no seminar)
*Final Examination to be held during scheduled exam period (April 9 - 24, 2008)
Supplementary (Selected) Bibliography for Culture & Society Below is a list of materials that I have put together for you. They are not required for this course but are intended for your own interest (if you choose to further pursue some subject area introduced in this course), or to use for essay research for this or any other course you may take now or in the future. Alexander, Jeffrey and Steven Seidman, ed. Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. See especially “The Computer as Sacred and Profane” and “AIDs and the Discursive Construction of Homosexuality”.
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Anderson, Walter. Reality Isn’t What It Used To Be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic and Other Wonders of The Postmodern World. San Francisco: Harper, 1990.
Annesley, James. Blank Fictions: Consumerism, Culture and The Contemporary American Novel. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.
Appadurai, A. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Appadurai, Arjun. “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”, Public Culture 2:1-24, 1990.
Atali, Jaques. Noise: The Political Economy of Sound. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1985.
Avery, Robert K. and David Eason. Critical Perspectives on Media and Society. New York: Guilford Press, 1991.
Balme, Christopher. “Staging the Pacific: Framing Authenticity in Performances for Tourists at the Polynesian Cultural Center”, Theatre Journal, Vol. 50 No. 1, 1998.
Bardsley, Jan. “Purchasing Power in Japanese Popular Culture A, Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 31 No. 2, 1997.
Bartter, Martha Taylor. Symbol to Scenario: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction, 1930-1960. Rochester: University of Rochester, 1986.
Bauman, Z. “Industrialism, Consumerism and Power”, Theory, Culture and Society 1:3, 1983.
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Berndt, Caroline M. “Popular Culture as Political Protest: Writing the Reality of Sexual Slavery”, Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 31 No. 2, 1997.
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Bird, S. Elizabeth, ed. Dressing in Feathers: The Construction of the Indian in American Popular Culture. Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1996.
Blair, Elizabeth. “Commercialization of the Rap Music Youth Subculture”, Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 27 No. 3, Winter 1993.
Boorstin, Daniel. The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. New York: Atheneum, 1971.
Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, trans. Richard Nice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.
Bourdieu, Pierre. The Field of Cultural Production. NY: Columbia University Press, 1993.
Brewer, J. and R. Porter, eds. Consumption and the World of Goods. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Buckingham, David. “News Media, Political Socialization and Popular Citizenship: Towards a New Agenda”, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Vol. 14 No. 4, 1997.
Cable, Sherry and Charles Cable. Environmental Problems, Grassroots Solutions. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Calhoun, Craig “Introduction: Social Issues in the Study of Culture”, Comparative Social Research 11(1989).
Cerulo, Karen A. “Identity Construction: New Issues, New Direction”, Annual Review of Sociology 23:385-409, 1997.
Cerulo, Karen. Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995.
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Clark, Lynn Schofield and Stewart M. Hoover. “Controversy and Cultural Symbolism: Press Relations and the Formation of Public Discourse in the Case of the Re-Imagining Event”, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Vol. 14 No. 4, 1997.
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Corse, Sarah. Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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Cross, Gary. Time And Money: The Making of Consumer Culture. London: Routledge, 1993.
Croteau, David and William Hoynes. Media/Society: Industries, Images and Audiences. Thousand Oaks, California: Pine Forge Press, 1997.
Davis, Fred. Fashion, Culture and Identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Davis, Robert Murray. Playing Cowboys: Low Culture and High Art in The Western. University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
Dawson, Mike. The Mounties: From Dime Novel to Disney. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1998.
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DeChaine, D. Robert. “Mapping Subversion: Queercore Music’s Playful Discourse of Resistance”, Popular Music and Society 21:1 1997.
DiMaggio, Paul. “Classification in Art”, American Sociological Review 52, August 1987.
Dinkelacker, Horst. “The Renaissance of the German Garden Gnome”, Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 30 No. 3, Winter 1996.
Donaldson, Laura E. “On Medicine Women and Shame-ans: New Age Native Americanism and Commodity Fetishism as Pop Cultural Feminism”, Signs: Journal of Women In Culture and Society, Spring 1999 V. 24 No 3., p.677
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Featherstone, Mike. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. London: Sage, 1991.
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Habermas, J. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Trans. By T. Burger, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989.
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New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
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Munson, Wayne. All Talk: The Talk Show in Media Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.
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