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

Fall 2009

ANT 324L • Race & Social Change

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30470 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BUR 134

Course Description

The main objective of this course is to comprehend the historical background and the contemporary circumstances within which progressive political projects emerge and become effective. Since the political organizations and perspectives we will be focusing on are rooted in the racialized cities within which they struggle for a better society, we will be investigating the ways in which our experiences with race are shaped by the necessary politicization of urban space, and how our experiences with urban space become inflected by race. If there exist hopes for a better society, such hopes must be grounded in a comprehension of the political perspectives emerging out of radical and inclusive critiques of life in the city.

This course is organized around the following topics: 1) how urban spatial relations both encourage and inhibit the formation of racial and ethnic identities; 2) how public policies give a spatial dimension to ethnic and racial experiences; 3) how urban culture registers the points of division and unity in city life; and 4) how political projects of social change elaborated by members of communities of color emerge from and challenge power relations at the local, national, and transnational levels.


Tentative readings/textbooks 1. George Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). 2. Leland Saito, Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in a Los Angeles Suburb (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998). 3. Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton. American Apartheid (Cambridge, MA: Harvard U.P., 1993). 4. Robin D.G. Kelley, Yo Mamas Disfunktional! (Boston: Beacon, 1997). 5. Reader


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