ANT 324L • Blacks & Resources
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course will explore the relationship between Blackness as a racial-cultural identity, racism, and the struggles of Black communities for material and symbolic resources. It parts from the idea that much of the recent literature on racism has focused on its representational forms neglecting the material effects of such representations. The course will begin with an examination of the variety of racial formation and projects in the U.s. and Latin America with a comparative focus on the place of Black and indigenous groups within them. It will move on to an ethnographic focus on the struggles of Black and indigenous peoples over their rights to resources such as land, housing, wealth, cultural ownership, etc. throughout the hemisphere. Special attention will be given to the develoment of strategies that wed scholarship with activist engagement on behalf of communities engaged in such struggles. Application of computer technologies to these problems will be emphasized.
Reading packet BLACK WEALTH, WHITE WEALTH, Oliver & Stone