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

Spring 2004

LAS 391 • 5-RACE & ETHNICTY IN AMER SOCTY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36790 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
EPS 1.130KA
MENCHACA

Course Description

This course seeks to develop a student's theoretical and historical understanding of race and ethnicity in the United States. We will begin by examining the different historical processes of ethnic group incorporation in the United States. After examining the American ethnic and racial structure we will review a broad spectrum of topics dealing with American culture and identity. Comparative case studies examining Latin America will also be reviewed, as a means of exploring the global conditions that stimulate migration. Topics receiving particular attention in this course include: ethnic identity, transnationalism, white ethnics, racist discourses, democracy, American culture, segregation/civil rights, and the politics of ethnographic representation.

Grading Policy

two essays and a presentation

Texts

Takaki, Iron Cages Basch, Glick Schiller, and Szanton Blanc, Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects, Postcolonial Predicaments, and Deterritorialized Nation States Omi and Winant, Racial Formation in the United States Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza Rose, Patterns of American Culture Menchaca, Mexican Outsiders: A History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California Plus a class reader.

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