ANT 389K • Race/Ethnicity in American Society
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course seeks to develop a student's theoretical and historical understanding of race and ethnicity in the United States. We will begin by examining the different historical processes of ethnic group incorporation in the United States. After examining the American ethnic and racial structure we will review a broad spectrum of topics dealing with American culture and identity. Topics receiving particular attention in this course include: ethnic and racial identity formation, globalization, cultural citizenship, Latino immigration, poverty, deficit thinking in Anthropology, segregation/civil rights, and mestizaje.
Tentative readings: Takaki, Iron Cages, Sarich/Miele, Race the Reality of Human Differences, Appadurai , Fear of Small Numbers, Maly, Beyond Segregation, Omi and Winant, Racial Formation in the United States (may be replaced by Racial Formation in the New Millennium), Vigil A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Culture in a Mega City, and Davila, Latino, Inc. A reader will also be required, including articles by: Lee Baker, Aiwha Ong, George Lipzet, Robert Blauner, Joe Feagin, Michel Rolph-Trouillot, John Inda, David Harvey