The Melting Pot

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The Melting Pot

Lecture notes for Tuesday January 21, 2014 AMST-A100 Prof. Selka

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Indiana University, Bloomington
Amst-A 100 - What Is America?

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AMST-A100 1st Edition Lecture 2 Outline of Last Lecture I. What is America? A. Definition of culture B. Definition of popular culture II. Is America a Nation State? III. Ernest Gellner & Benedict Anderson IV. Jose Marti’s “Our America” Outline of Current Lecture V. Myth and Symbols Approach VI. The Critical Approach a. Ideology VII. The Melting Pot a. The myth VIII. Critical Analysis Paper Current Lecture Tuesday, January 21 PART I: FROM MYTHS & SYMBOLS TO CRITICAL APPROACHES [Keywords: myth, ideology, culture, nation, citizen, mobility, colonialism, empire, inequality] The Melting Pot *Should have read “Black Transnationalism and the Politics of National Identity” by Michelle Stephens before this class Myth and symbols approach came under fire in the 1960s because it made the assumption that America is homogenous and bounded. This is a myth. The critical approach:  They look at the US like we would any other nation. These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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