Introduction to U.S. Racial Formations|
Spring 2009 not offered
ANTH 217, AFAM 217|
This course is an introduction to the theory of racial formation with a focus on race and citizenship in the United States. Turning to the entangled histories of colonialism, slavery, imperialism, immigration, racism, disenfranchisement, and labor exploitation, we will examine how different peoples become American. With special attention to the role of law in racial formations, we will come to better understand how differently situated people(s) negotiate state-structured systems of exclusion and assimilation in relation to sovereignty, democracy, equality, and self-determination.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Howard Winant and Michael Omi, RACIAL FORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Angelo Ancheta, RACE RIGHTS AND THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Ronald Takaki, A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
Steve Martinot, THE RULE OF RACIALIZATION: CLASS, IDENTITY, GOVERNANCE
Angela Davis, ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE?
Films and Videos:
Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation
Siempre, Palante, Siempre
Black is, Black Ain't
A Place of Rage
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Students are required to complete all course books and articles, in-class and homework assignments, and response papers that address the weekly readings. There will be an in-class mid-term exam and a take home final exam. Class evaluation will be based on class attendance and participation (20%), response papers and homework assignements (30%), a mid-term exam (20%), and the final exam (30%). In case of borderline grades, I will examine the student's attendance and participation record in finalizing the grade.
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