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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MEDS 356 - Culture, Commerce, and the Public Sphere


1 unit(s)
(Same as SOCI 356 ) This course examines the culture and politics of the public sphere, with an emphasis on the changing status of public spaces in contemporary societies. Drawing upon historical and current analyses, we explore such issues as the relationship between public and commercial space and the role of public discourse in democratic theory. Case studies investigate such sites as mass media, schools, shopping malls, cyberspace, libraries, and public parks in relation to questions of economic inequality, political participation, privatization, and consumer culture. William Hoynes.

Not offered in 2017/18.



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