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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 321K • Race, Culture and Migration

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46493 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
BUR 216

Course Description

This course is focused on mobility, with immigration being only one such form of movement. We will examine the notion of 'mobility' by exploring historical and contemporary movements of people, capital and ideas. We will review theoretical developments in the sociological study of 'race', examine processes of racialization and cultural texts to better understand the ways in which identities are socially produced. Throughout, attention will be placed on forms of black cultural production and political action to question how such practices are shaped by migrations within the African diaspora.

Grading Policy

Midterm (definitions and essay): 20% Class participation 10%
Two case studies 20%
Abstract (250 words) with bibliography 10%
Essay (10-12 pages) 30%
Group presentation 10%


The required text will be a packet of articles. Exerpts will be taken from the following books:

Les Back and John Solomos, editors, Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge Readers in Sociology, London: Routledge, 2000
Vivien Burr, An Introduction to Social Construction, London: Routledge, 1995
Stuart Hall, editor, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage Publications, 1997
Barnor Hesse, editor, Un/settled Multiculturalism: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions, London: Zed Books, 2000
Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, editors, Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006
Katherine McKittrick, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006
Michael Parenti, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slave Passes to the War on Terror, New York: Basic Books, 2003
Rinaldo Walcott, Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2003
Howard Winant, The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004


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