INTLSTD 385 - International and/or Comparative Topics in the Social Sciences
Section: 001 Globalizing Consumer Cultures
Term: FA 2018
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course addresses the global spread of forms of consumer culture in places as similar and diverse as Hungary, the United States, Ghana, Vietnam, Sweden and Nepal. "Consumer culture" will be placed in the context of the political and economic changes that have attended globalization, including widening social inequalities and the rise of global standards for middle class respectability. Drawing on anthropological approaches to economic exchange and material culture, we will cover how consumer goods can materialize social relations, redefine local and national identities, and confuse consumption with citizenship. We will also examine the role of advertising, branding and the power of multinational corporations to influence local practices.

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Students will complete the course with an ethnographic project.

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INTLSTD 385 - International and/or Comparative Topics in the Social Sciences
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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