UNIT 3: Neoliberalism, Media, and Cultural Imperialism

2/17 George Ritzer, “Dimensions of McDonaldization” (pp. 14-16 from Introduction) and “Globalization and McDonaldization” from The McDonaldization of Society (2 PDFs) and Arjan Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference” (PDF)

SNOW DAY! Please review the following PowerPoint and bring any lingering questions to class on Thursday. Continue with the readings as scheduled.

PowerPoint Presentation: Neoliberalism Day 1

2/19 Steger & Roy, Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction (PDF, read “What’s ‘Neo’ About Liberalism?” pp. 1-20) and Robert McChesney, “Global Media…” (PDF) (Reminder: Research topic and questions due)

2/24 David Harvey, “Neoliberalism and Creative Destruction” (PDF) (recommended: Sasha Lilley, “On Neoliberalism: An Interview with David Harvey”:      http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/lilley190606p.html)

2/26 Naomi Klein, “Blank is Beautiful” from The Shock Doctrine (PDF)

3/3 Kenzo Shibata, “Disaster Capitalism, Chicago-style”: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/02/disaster-capitalism-in-the-chicago-public-schools/ and Michael Winstip, “Dave Zirin: ‘FIFA’s World Cup is for the wealthy, not for the people’”: http://www.salon.com/2014/06/20/dave_zirin_fifas_world_cup_is_for_the_wealthy_not_for_the_people_partner/

Responding to student protests, Chile is making college tuition-free, and taxing corporations to pay for it. Also, for-profit schools can’t get public funds.

 3/5 SNOW DAY In-Class Midterm Examination rescheduled for Tuesday, 3/17


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