ANT 324L • Science, Technology & Race-W
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course critically examines how cultural identity is experienced and articulated in the urban context, historically and contemporarily. We will work at comprehending the fundamental dynamics that influence the development and maintenance of cultures in cities by drawing on key concepts from anthropology and urban studies. After a general overview of how ethnic and racial relations are socially structured in the US, we will examine some of the symbolic materials and mediums through which people express a sense of cultural identity and belonging -- music, dress, dance, and stories. Then we will consider how these expressive cultures unfold in urban settings, both shaped by and reconstituting city life in this country. We examine a variety of urban settings where ethnicity is the basis for political and social mobilization, either to challenge civic zoning practices or organize redistricting efforts.
EthniCity: Geographic Perspectives on Ethnic Change in Modern Cities, eds. Roseman & Laux. The Bubbling Cauldron: Race, Ethnicity and the Urban Crisis, eds. Smith & Feagin. Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in a Los Angeles Suburb, Leland Saito. Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class, Bonnie Urciuoli.