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

Spring 2005

ANT 324L • Globalization & Indian Society-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27710 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
GEO 2.202
GHOSH

Course Description

This course focuses on some of the key social and cultural issues of globalization in relation to India. Aimed at upper-class undergraduate students with some serious interest in South Asia, the course attempts to help students get a particular understanding of globalization as has been experienced from the early 1990s in the country. We will begin with the political economy of globalization and its historical roots, with a gradual entry into contemporary cultural theories and their relevance to understanding globalization. But throughout we will try to understand globalization as experienced by the people of the region. What have been their responses? How are we to understand the issues of nationalism, hegemony and popular culture in the context of globalization? Aimed at upper-class undergraduate students with some serious interest in South Asia, this course will allow for an understanding of some of the crucial changes that have taken place in recent years.

Some of the issues that will be examined: religious fundamentalism, nationalism, violence, human rights, social movements, popular culture and migration. The course is a writing intensive one. It involves writing papers for the midterm and the final. It also involves class-presentations and weekly half-page comments on the readings. The comments won’t be individually graded for their content; they are primarily meant for the benefit of the students and keeping them focused on the readings. Not submitting the comments, however, would negatively affect one’s grades.

Texts

Appadurai, Arjun (1996) Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minnesota Chatterjee, Partha. (1993) The Nation and Its Fragment. Princeton: Princeton University Press Hansen, Tomas Blom. (1999) The Saffron Wave. New Delhi: Oxford Univ Press. Escobar, Arturo. (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmakng of the Third World. Princeton: Princeton University Press Bello, Walden. (1994). Dark Victory: The United States, Structural Adjustment and Global Poverty, San Franciso: Food First.

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