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

Fall 2006

LAS 310 • ANTHROPOLOGY IN LATIN AMERICA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41150 to 41165 Multiple Sections
HALE

Course Description

Upon receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the great Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcëa Márquez thanked the committee, and went on to bemoan the "solitude" of Latin America in relation to the powerful North. The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, he proclaimed, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary. From this course students will acquire a overview of Latin America through an anthropological lens: the great indigenous civilizations, through colonialism and dependent development, to the poverty of progress as the 21st century begins. With special attention to classic anthropological themes-race, gender and cultural difference, power and inequality, utopian visions that emerge from the society's margins-we will explore anthropology's response to Garcëa Márquez's challenge.

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