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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

João H. Costa Vargas

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

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Interests

race; politics; social inequality; cultural studies; social theory; African diaspora

LAS 324L • Race And Criminal Justice Sys

40340 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am ART 1.110
(also listed as AFR 320, ANT 324L )
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In this course, we will discuss historical and contemporary studies that provide arguments about the connections between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system.  More specifically, our readings and discussions will provide perspectives through which to understand not only how and why acts of police violence, questionable court proceedings, and unjust sentences routinely take place, but also why and how they are often sanctioned by society at large.  What historical and contemporary circumstances explain and are necessarily connected to the acquittal of the officers involved in the killing of Diallo?  What historical and contemporary circumstances explain the brutality and subsequent acquittal of the officers involved in the beating of Rodney King in 1991?  As we will see, not only can such examples be multipied ad nauseam, but also their connections become evident once we comprehend how society and its institutions (re)produce representations and practices that often take race, age, class, and gender as markers of expected behavior.

 

LAS 324L • Race And Criminal Justice Sys

40198 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 420
(also listed as AFR 320, ANT 324L )
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In this course, we will examine historical and contemporary studies that provide arguments about the connections between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system. More specifically, our readings and discussions will provide perspectives through which to understand not only how and why acts of police violence, questionable court proceedings, and unjust sentences routinely take place, but also why and how they are often sanctioned by society at large. What historical and contemporary circumstances explain and are necessarily connected to the acquittal of the officers involved in the killings of Diallo, Bell, Sanders, and so many others? What historical and contemporary circumstances explain the brutality and subsequent acquittal of the officers involved in the beating of Rodney King in 1991? Such examples suggest recurring patterns that point to ways in which society and its institutions (re)produce representations and practices that often take race, age, class, and gender as markers of expected behavior.

LAS 324L • Race And Criminal Justice Sys

40515 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CBA 4.328
(also listed as AFR 320, ANT 324L )
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In this course, we will discuss historical and contemporary studies that provide arguments about the connections between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system. More specifically, our readings and discussions will provide perspectives through which to understand not only how and why acts of police violence, questionable court proceedings, and unjust sentences routinely take place, but also why and how they are often sanctioned by society at large. What historical and contemporary circumstances explain and are necessarily connected to the acquittal of the officers involved in the killing of Diallo? What historical and contemporary circumstances explain the brutality and subsequent acquittal of the officers involved in the beating of Rodney King in 1991? As we will see, not only can such examples be multiplied ad nauseam, but also their connections become evident once we comprehend how society and its institutions (re) produce representations and practices that often take race, age, class, and gender as markers of expected behavior.

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