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

Spring 2009

ANT 310L • Anthropology of Latin America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29781 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
WAG 420
Marte

Course Description

Upon receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the great Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez thanked the committee, and went on to bemoan the "solitude" of Latin America in relation to the powerful North. The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, he proclaimed, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary. From this course students will acquire a overview of Latin America through an anthropological lens: the great indigenous civilizations, through colonialism and dependent development, to the poverty of progress as the 21st century begins. With special attention to classic anthropological themesrace, gender and cultural difference, power and inequality, utopian visions that emerge from the society's margins we will explore anthropology's response to García Márquez's challenge.

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