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

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40445 to 40450 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Course Description The goal of this course is to provide a framework for understanding contemporary concerns in Latin America. In particular, we will analyze Latin American history, politics, economics and forms of cultural and social change through anthropological theory and ethnography. Students will engage in critical reading of selected ethnographies on countries on different sub-regions within Latin America (México and Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes, and Brazil and the Southern Cone). The course, however, is organized thematically. Some of the themes covered address anthropological understanding of the role of colonialism, peasants, urbanization, gender, race, social movements and transitions to democracy and market economies as well as migration, transnational communities, and the impacts of globalization in the Latin American context. In each of the thematic units of the course, we will supplement textbook readings with ethnographic selections and theoretical pieces, and discuss how they illuminate each other. Finally, the course includes the integration of a small-scale original fieldwork component, based in Austin. This course, which will be run in a seminar-style format, is recommended for motivated undergraduate students at any stage who are developing a regional interest in Latin America there will be a mandatory discussion section in addition to the two lecture hours- see course schedule for time Texts Key texts include: Skidmore, Thomas E. and Peter H. Smith. 2005. Modern Latin America (Sixth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press. Poole, Deborah (ed). 2008. A Companion to Latin American Anthropology. New York: Blackwell Other reading materials will be made available on Blackboard/placed on reserve.


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