Cultures of Everyday Life in America

By studying daily activities such as homemaking, eating, learning, leisure, work, and spiritual practice, this class turns away from “exceptional” in favor of more common, yet diverse, experiences. The class is organized chronologically so as to highlight different themes within historical contexts. Each week also showcases a selection of qualitative social scientific research methods used within the interdisciplinary field of American studies, including ethnography, oral history, and textual, visual, and material analysis. The course considers questions such as: How have scholars attempted to examine the smaller, often banal acts of everyday life? Which issues have been included and which have been left out? How are those who live in America both united and divided by these practices? By interpreting the categories of “everyday life” and “America” broadly, we work together to gain a deeper understanding of the different ways in which people navigate the social structures, cultural traditions, cultural narratives, norms, and forms of resistance that outline our everyday lives.
Cultures of Everyday Life in America
Course Information
  • Course Id:AMST202
  • Credit:3
  • Room:JMZ 1120
  • Days:Tu Th
  • Timings:12:30pm - 1:45pm

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