Sociology 163: Popular Culture Spring 2020

Take-Home Midterm

Due: Thursday, March 19 at 11:59pm on bCourses

You will be answering all parts of the essay questions below. Follow the directions carefully. You should write a cohesive essay with an introduction and conclusion.

Essay must be written in your own words and be your own work–no collaboration with other students is allowed. Work must be original; you may not re-use essays or parts of essays submitted for credit in another course.

You may use quotes sparingly.

Define and explain any concepts you use in your own words. Be sure to use specific evidence and arguments from the readings.

Your paper should not exceed 6 pages. Paper should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, numbered pages, and 12-point font. Include a bibliography.

In this essay you will be exploring the concept of controlling images, how they serve inequality, and how they can be resisted in popular culture. Be sure to draw upon specific examples from the texts—you cannot rely upon lecture notes.

Soc 163: Spring 2020 Jill Bakehorn

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Nghi Truong
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Popular Culture and Controlling Images

First: Explain the concept “controlling images” in Collins (“Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images”). Why are controlling images more than simply “stereotypes”? What ideological purpose do they serve? You do not need to discuss the specific controlling images in the article (though you could discuss one as explanation), instead, you should explain the concept.

Next: Discuss either Lee OR España-Maram:

Using Lee (“The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth”), explain how the myth of the model minority is a controlling image. How does the film Flower Drum Song demonstrate Lee’s argument?

OR Utilize España-Maram ( “Brown ‘Hordes’ in McIntosh Suits”) to demonstrate how controlling images can be resisted. What are the controlling images being resisted? How is the body used to resist?

Finally: Drawing upon Hubb’s book, Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music, discuss the cultural stereotypes of the “redneck”. What ideological purpose does this stereotype serve? Choose a song from the book to illustrate how middle-class subjectivity leads to misunderstandings of the working class and working-class culture and how it could be a source of resistance for working-class folks.

Mechanics ✦ Should be cohesive essay with short introduction and conclusion ✦ Should be your own work; you may not collaborate; must be original ✦ Quotes can be used sparingly (should not be used to define concepts) ✦ Essay should not exceed 6 pages double-spaced total ✦ Standard one-inch margins ✦ Pages should be numbered ✦ Name should be on top of first page ✦ Be sure to carefully edit your paper for spelling, grammar and typos ✦ Cite your sources! ✦ Include a bibliography

Soc 163: Spring 2020 Jill Bakehorn

Take-Home Midterm University of California, Berkeley of 2 2

Nghi Truong