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    Marylhurst University
  Sep 25, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog
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ANT 316  Amish/Las Vegas: Polarity in American Lifestyles

The Amish and Las Vegas visually symbolize and represent polarities in the world and in ourselves. Amish represent a plain and simple subculture trying not to be absorbed into the dominant culture; the historic and daily struggles indicate commitment in trying to maintain separation of church and state in everyday life; creative and adaptive problem solving in managing a slower pace of change dominated by the larger technological culture that values speed, efficiency and progress; and a compassionate commitment to honor nonviolence in an world deeply affected by violence. Vegas represents a corporate-controlled culture with interlocking alliances between national legislation, state and casinos that now see gaming as a way to lower our tax burden. Vegas encourages pursuit of a culture of personal expression, escape, risk-taking, hedonism and materialism that appeals to our primal need for instant gratification. The course will explore both subcultures, reflecting on the everyday societal, family, educational and personal tensions that mirror the polarities of the Amish/Vegas subcultures. MU Core category: Community & Global Engagement. 4 crs.

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