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Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture

AMST 352
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

This course employs concepts of diaspora, border, and migration to consider the ways in which Latinas/os become legible as subjects in contemporary U.S. political thought and cultural life. We will consider struggles for Latina/o legal rights, the relationships between the Latina/o workforce and issues of global labor patterns and economic exploitation, and popular cultural narratives depicting Latinas/os and U.S.-Latin America relations.

The course will explore the terms diaspora, border, and migration in-depth, both to contend with these concepts as important ideas in the fields of Latina/o studies and American studies, and, also, to use these terms to interpret, analyze, and decipher the role(s) Latinas/os play in a world built from a legacy of a colonial past and heading toward a neoliberal, globalized future. We will utilize an interdisciplinary approach, addressing a range of texts from different scholarly disciplines, including history, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, American studies, and political science, as well as popular cultural texts, such as films, comics, and music.

In this course, we will interrogate the ways in which people, ideas, and resources fluctuate, ebb, and flow, to track the consequences of such shifts. In trying to understand Latinas/os as a people(s), and Latinidad as an identity, we will question the nation-state as a regulatory force, try to unravel the significance of cultural hybridity, and discuss the effects of globalization and global capital in the contemporary world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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