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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2008

ANT 324L • Politics of Race and Violence in Brazil-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30595 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

This course takes a critical look at the politics of race and violence in Brazil today. The goal of the course will be to critically engage with ethnographical texts that address the politics of race and violence in Brazil, while developing and understanding of the social context of race in Brazil and asking students to think about the politics of ethnographic representation and voice. Discussions will challenge the class to think broadly about the concept of violence, extending it beyond the realm of physical to consider environmental, gender, economic and spatial violence. Class discussions will revolve around the following questions: What is the history and contemporary reality of racial violence in Brazil? How can we define it? Who has the authority to tell the story of this violence, how and why?


Tentative reading list: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping (selected chapters) Theresa Caldeira, City of Walls (selected chapters) Donna Goldstein, Laughter out of Place (selected chapters) Robin Sheriff, Dreaming Equality (selected chapters) Caldwell, Kia, Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, And the Politics of Identity (selected chapters) De Jesus, Carolina Maria et al., The Unedited Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus (selected chapters) Supplemental Texts Michael Hanchard ed., Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil (selected chapters) Gonzalez, Leila, "The Unified Black Movement: A New State in Black Political Mobilization" in Race, Class and Power in Brazil, ed. Pierre-Michel Fontaine. Policing Rio de Janeiro: Repression and Resistance in a 19th-century City. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. (selected chapters) Chevigny, Paul Edge of the Knife: Police Violence in the Americas (selected chapters) Michael Mitchell and Charles Wood, Ironies of Citizenship: Skin Color, Police Brutality, and the Challenge to Democracy in Brazil. Social Forces Arendt, Hannah Reflections on Violence Booth, Wayne C. et al. The Craft of Research (guide to writing research papers - selected chapters).


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