Cultural Policy and the Politics of Culture in the United States
This course examines the historical development of cultural policy in the United States, especially in relation to the practical problem of achieving cultural equity within the public and private institutions of a multi-cultural political democracy. Special attention is paid to the cultural dynamics of certain periods and to interactions between the cultural systems and characteristics of various racial and ethnic groups, of cultural areas and regions and of occupational groups and socio-economic classes. Illustrative cultural materials embrace the graphic and plastic arts, dance, music, literature and various segments of popular culture. Analytical perspectives draw upon the disciplines of anthropology, cultural geography, folklore, history and linguistics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.