Popular Culture, Politics, and Resistance (ANT4378.01)

Steve Moog

From K-pop fans intervening in American politics via TikTok to punks spearheading opposition to Myanmar’s military junta, contemporary popular culture movements provide fertile ground for acts of resistance. Drawing from anthropology, sociology, political science, visual studies, and ethnomusicology, this courses challenges students to reconceptualize the power and consequences of pop-culture as a political intervention. We unpack theoretical approaches to both ‘pop-culture’ and ‘resistance.’ Student work will utilize engaged, hands-on methods for to explore ongoing resistance in globally connected popular culture networks.

Learning Outcomes:
• Familiarity with social scientific and humanistic approaches to both pop culture and resistance
• Understandings of translocality and the global connectedness of pop culture scenes and media.
• Familiarity with contemporary global sociopolitical power struggles

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students should email Noah Coburn (ncoburn@bennington.edu) when registration begins to describe why they are interested in the course.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Anthropology , Fully In-Person