03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
East Building 122
Section Information for Spring 2020
Popular culture – the practices and products elaborated by ordinary people – is more than just an entertaining curiosity. In fact, it informs people’s identities and shapes their social commitments. As a result, an understanding of a society’s conflicts, its hierarchies, even its politics requires an understanding of its multiple forms of popular culture. This course will examine the history of popular culture in Latin America, delving deeply into popular religion, sports, music, food, and film. Focusing on a number of specific case studies, we will seek to understand the complex, transnational, and often commercial origins of popular culture in various Latin America countries. We will pay particularly close attention to the larger, political effects of developments in popular culture.
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