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ERIC Number: ED428406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 16
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Teaching for Social Change--Mission "Possible"? Cultural Studies Approaches to Teaching Popular Culture.
Banning, Marlia
It is an open question whether popular culture courses are effective sites in which to instill the kinds of critical media literacies that might contribute to students acting in support of social justice in their everyday lives. A course called "The Uses of Popular Culture" focuses on contemporary multicultural American society to understand the variety of roles that popular culture can play in forming and expressing contemporary identities. The course begins with an introduction to historical and contemporary debates about the meanings and uses of popular culture. The remainder of the course considers a variety of forms of popular culture and several pivotal media events of the 1980s and 1990s to ask how race, class, and gender are constructed. Students' reactions to the course are quite varied. Some students seem disappointed that serious political questions are the focus of the course. Other students demonstrate a lack of enthusiasm for class discussion except when focused on debating the merits of heavy metal music and which group was superior. A common reaction from students is resistance, which is most apparent when the discussion focuses on race relations. (Contains 15 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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