Introduction to U.S. Racial Formations|
Fall 2011 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.
Students are expected to write critical analyzes of the readings and debate different political perspectives. Course deals a great deal with citizenship and ethics.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)
Michael Omi and Howard Winat, RACIAL FORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES.
Ronald Takaki, A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA.
Frank H. Wu, YELLOW: A RACE IN AMERICA BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE.
Juan Gonzales, HARVEST OF EMPIRE: A HISTORY OF LATINOS IN AMERICA
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be an class mid-term and final exams, 2 short papers, and several home-work assignments. Blackboard participation required. Student are also expected to attend several film screenings outside regular class time.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance, and in-class & blackboard participation are required.
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