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Teresa Mares
ANTH 207
Seattle Campus

Class and Culture in America

Anthropological view of the contemporary United States with emphasis on social class. Through ethnographic readings examines education, work, political economy, working class experience and the ideology of the middle class, and relations between class and race, gender, ethnicity, language, place, sexuality, and culture.

Class description

In this course we will confront the issues of class in the United States. Together, we will look at how class differences have been built, maintained, and challenged throughout US history. I agree with the wide critique that issues of class cannot be separated from issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability. Thus, through our class discussions, we seek to understand how these dynamics work together in current US culture(s).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Through readings, films, in-class exercises, and group projects, we explore the meanings and power of class in contemporary US society.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Journal Responses, Midterm Exam, Group Project, Final Report

Standard UW Grading Scale


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Teresa Mares
Date: 05/04/2006