Theorizing Globalization from the Third World|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
There exists a growing consensus that we live in a "global" world--a world defined by cosmopolitan democracy, liberal market capitalism, and an expanding telecommunications infrastructure bringing us ever closer together. This narrative, however, largely fails to acknowledge the profound impact the long and often violent anticolonial struggles in the Third World had in shaping the phenomenon now called globalization. This course revisits theorists of national liberation as a provocation to critically evaluate the concept "globalization" and explore alternative notions of the nation and nationalism, racial difference, economic development, and transnational solidarity. In addition to reading a number of contemporary advocates and critics of globalization (Friedman and Shiva), we will situate globalization within the history of colonial rule and the emergence of the Third World as an alternative political project. The class will also focus on a number of works by prominent writers of national liberation (Aimé Césaire, Franz Fanon, Mahatma Gandhi, Kwame Nkrumah, Che Guevara, Léopold Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, and others) to re-theorize globalization within the context of national liberation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Amílcar Cabral, UNITY AND STRUGGLE: SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF AMILCAR CABRAL
Aimé Césaire, DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM
Franz Fanon, THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
Mohandas Gandhi and Anthony J. Parel, GANDHI: 'HIND SWARAJ' AND OTHER WRITINGS CENTENARY EDITION
Kumari Jayawardena, FEMINISM AND NATIONALISM IN THE THIRD WORLD
Vijay Prashad, THE DARKER NATIONS: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE THIRD WORLD
Vandana Shiva, INDIA DIVIDED: DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK
Essays by Achille Mbembe, Che Guevara, Léopold Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, James Ferguson, Thomas Friedman, and others.
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Two 5-6 page papers; one 12-15 page research paper; miscellaneous short assignments.
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