ANT 324L • Ethnicity and Citizenship in Latin America
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course offers a review of key issues in the nation and state formation of Latin America, with an emphasis on the relationship between processes of subject and identity formation and the building of states. The first part of the course is mostly historical, focusing on the process of modernity construction, from the liberal/conservative confrontations of the post colonial period to the revolutionary movements of the second part of the XX century. The other half of the course will be devoted to contemporary ethnography addressing the question of citizenship. The aim of that section is to go into the heart of what might be called the configuration of the nature of power: how the process of institutional and legal formation generates patterns of structural inequalities with the subsequent effects on the consolidation of ethnic subalternity, racism and class struggle. The ethnicity and citizenship approach compel us to address various levels of the political process simultaneously, between the macro-political and the subject and identity formation across the axes of ethnicity, gender, and class disparity.