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Indigenous Rights and Representations
AMST 238
Fall 2017
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 238

What role do Native identities play in global social and political movements? How do ideas about Indigenous peoples shape nationalist sensibilities and international projects? How do notions of cultural authenticity and autonomy figure in the discourse of Indigenous rights? Attending to the legacies of colonialism, this course addresses contemporary representations, performances, and politics of indigeneity--by Indigenous people themselves, as well as by others--centered in Native North America, with comparative forays across the Americas. Through a close look at ethnographic texts on this topic, we will investigate how perceptions about and participation by Indigenous peoples have figured in environmental activism, transnational trade agreements, educational reform, nationalist campaigns, multiculturalist politics, and international migration. We will attend to the role of globalization, transnational mobilities, and technological innovation in emergent social movements, as well as new imaginings of Indigenous identity. And we will contemplate the implications of the presence of Indigenous scholars--and activists--as key players in academic and public debate.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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