Program Details

Popular Music and American Politics Part II: 1960s and 1970s - Music, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War

Kristin Shockley
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Course Description

This program will explore the dynamic interplay between popular culture and American politics through the specific medium of popular music. We will take a chronological approach looking at how popular music interacts with American government, politics, and society within given historical contexts, exploring what the music reveals about the dominant values, identities, norms, politics, and experiences of that era and for what the music does. As the lectures will demonstrate, music can serve an agentic role in American politics and society, serving as a source of information, engagement, and participation; a form of political communication, a means to mobilize and recruit people, and a way to create a sense of identity or community.

About the Instructor

  • Kristin Shockley, M.A. is a senior instructor in the FAU department of political science since 2007. With a background in both history and political science, she teaches a broad array of courses in the sub-fields of American government and politics, comparative politics, and international relations. Her research examines the intersections of religion and politics and politics and popular culture.