This course examined the expectations that Americans have placed on political, social, cultural, and economic behavior, and how the violation of established norms in these different arenas has led to ostracization, conflict, and repression. During the fall 2012 semester, we explored “wayward” actions committed by Americans as both the consequence of different forms of exclusion, and as the conscious resistance against the dominant order. Through an engagement with scholarly texts, novels, film, advertising, art, and music, we looked at how definitions of what constitutes wayward behavior have changed over time, and continue to change.

For their final assignment, each student was responsible for creating an encyclopedia-style entry on the individual, group, or institution of their choice, which are captured here.



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