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Color in the Caribbean
AFAM 166
Spring 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 166

One of the unspoken rules in Caribbean societies is: "If you're white, you're all right; if you're brown stick around; if you're black stay back." Yet, ironically in many of these societies the notion that "a rich black is a mulatto and a poor mulatto is black" is also prevalent. This course critically examines the prominence of color, as a symbol of race, in the social hierarchy of Caribbean societies. It explores the complex manifestations of color particularly as it intersects with class. Students consider how color operates as a marker of status, especially in the making and remaking of gendered identities. Themes covered include but are not limited to: Family, love and marriage patterns, beauty ideals and nationalism, political leadership and representation.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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