SoSe 13: Kultur und Gesellschaft in den USA: America Divided?
Winfried Fluck, Harald Wenzel
The shock of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture and liberation movements triggered a protracted effort of conservatives to regain the cultural hegemony in US society – the persistent onslaught of the Tea Party Movement against Obama, his administration and the attempts to renew a progressive agenda is but the most recent battle in these »culture wars«. In this course we will engage with the historical, the cultural , the social and political dimensions of this process which has issued in a deepened division of US society and culture. We will work on a diagnosis of the current state of affairs (How can the results of the 2012 elections be understood?) on the basis of historical and systematic analyses of this process‘ key episodes, key actors and their allies. The media and the public sphere, science and (higher) education, religion, the economy and the markets, the parties and the political movements, the apparatuses of security – they all will figure prominently in our discussion. Introductory Sources: Brownstein, Ronald (2007): The Second Civil War. How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, New York: Penguin Press. Hunter, James Davison (1991): Culture Wars. The Struggle to Define America,New York: Basic Books close
13 Class schedule
Thu, 2013-04-11 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-04-18 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-04-25 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-05-02 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-05-16 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-05-23 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-05-30 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-06-06 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-06-13 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-06-20 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-06-27 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-07-04 14:00 - 15:00 Thu, 2013-07-11 14:00 - 15:00