SOC 326 - Sociology of Popular Culture (4)

Introduction to major theoretical perspectives, empirical work, and methodological issues in the sociology of popular culture: the social production of meanings and symbols (including art, music, literature), and the impact of those meanings and symbols on society. Particular focus on the role of culture in power struggles, investigating when and how dominant groups use culture to maintain their power, and when and how subordinate groups use culture as a means of political resistance.