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AMST-A 100 Study Guide for Midterm on 3/4/14

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

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AMST-A 100 1st Edition Exam 1 Study Guide Lectures: 1 - 13 Key Terms and Definitions 1. Myth: not literally true but a powerful influence on the way people think and act 2. Life chances: opportunities to improve ones’ life 3. Mobility: The ability to rise up and move from one class to another, higher class 4. Colonialism: (vs. annexation, occupation and neocolonialism) 5. Performativity: Through repetition of played out gender scripts, things come to seem natural. It is both what they repeat and what people repeat around them. What’s familiar is what is natural. 6. Nation: a form of political organization in which a group of people who share the same history, traditions, or language, and who live in a particular area under one government (an example of a problematic definition of “nation.”) 7. Race: is a social construction based on perceived and culturally significant phenotypical differences 8. Gender (as a performance): Malleable because your behavior creates your gender 9. Class: Weber- class is more complex and is determined as much by factors such as “status” (social prestige) and “party” (political affiliations) as it is by economic factors. Marx- believed class was fundamentally economic 10. Drag: a performance of over exaggerated gender roles and makes fun of these “categories” by over blowing the performance of femininity. 11. Intersectionality: the interaction of systems of discrimination and oppression that operate along the lines of race, class, gender and sexuality. 12. Empire: supreme and sovereign control in governing; imperial. 13. Inequality: social injustice and disparity 14. Transnationalism: the fluidity with which ideas, objects, capital, and people move across borders and boundaries. Summary of Readings/Films “Our America” Jose Marti  He asks the question, what’s the relationship of the Indians to the American colony?  He says race is an issue in all American societies (Europeans and Native Americans, slaves)  He highlights themes that all American societies have  He gives us a different perspective of the US  Explains North America and its relationship to Latin America, he recognizes it as imperialist “Black Transnationalism and the Politics of National Identity” Michelle Stephens The melting pot is both a myth (powerful influence on the was people think and act) and an ideology (ideas about what society should look like) The melting pot is an ambiguous symbol, so it can be interpreted in different ways (but cannot just mean anything to anyone) The melting pot theory, like multiculturalism (preserves certain symbols of culture but still requires other areas of the US to assimilate), can be seen as a way of domesticating difference (multiple lines of difference in the US and claiming it as something that defines and is unique to the US, acknowledges that the US is a heterogeneous society) Excerpts from Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger  This story represents the idea that anyone can achieve upward mobility from hard work  Perky, optimistic, practical wisdom, the American dream “I Want to Ride in Geronimo’s Cadillac” Philip Deloria  The antagonism between ...

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