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American Studies is an:

interdisciplinary cultural studies program

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Cultural Hegemony:

the dominant culture

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Texts:

anything invested with meaning

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Society:

institutions and principles that organize a group of people. (political & economical)

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Social issues:

questions and conflicts affecting institutions and systems; (health care, depression, gay rights, etc.)

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Traditional History:

focuses on the big "T" Truth; has a Master Narrative

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American Studies has a:

multiplicity of perspectives
multiple "t" truths
is plastic

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"History from Below"

accounts from minorities; (Native Americans, African Americans, the oppressed, prisoners, immigrants, etc.)

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Methods of Inquiry are:

Phenomenological, analytical, and critical

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Phenomenological:

lived experiences of people as texts.
the researcher use themselves as tools to understand the lived experiences

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Analytical:

the deconstruction of ideas and elements of a text to better understand the meaning, and use of the text.

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Critical:

To question the existence & relevance of social & cultural structures & practices

To analyze the text within its context

To make informed & reflexive judgements

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The Interpreting Subject is:

(You)- the person interpreting a text.

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Objectifying a subject can be dangerous because it causes:

a lack of empathy

ignorance

slavery (extreme)

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"Othering" is a process by which:

certain subjects are excluded from social and cultural formations, and often indicates social inequality and restriction of personal agency.

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Critical American Studies (AMS):

regards the change in the everyday lives affected by power negotiations among other things.