GOV 370K • Race and Democracy - W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.
In its earliest formulations, democracy was thought to work only (or best) in homogenous societies. Yet, democratic societies today are increasingly multicultural and multiracial. As a result, fo this shift, there has been increasing attention paid to questions of democracy and "difference", be it ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual diversity. Comparatively less attention has been paid to the question of "race" and democracy. This course will explore the ways in which racial systems of domination and oppression affect access to citizenship for non-whites. We will analyze constructions of national identity that privilege certain racial selves as citizens par excellence, and examine ideologies of racial democracy that serve to obscure the presence of racialism in multiracial societies. Course materials will include founding texts in democratice theory and recent attempts to rearticulate the ideal of democracy in light of experiences with multiculturalism, in addition to empirical studies of the operation of race and racism - as well as the connections between race, national identity, and citizenship - in the United States and Latin America.