The Anthropology of Social Movements|
Spring 2019 not offered
AMST 118, FGSS 222|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies|
Intentional efforts to shape society are always in a process of becoming. In this course, we examine how social movement actors disrupt dominant cultural scripts and forms of dualistic thinking that block our collective recognition of the fundamental interconnectedness of all aspects of social life. First, we will survey a range of social theories that propose ways to rethink the binaries that structure social life--such as mind/body, theory/practice, feeling/thinking. Then we will consider a series of ethnographic cases in the contemporary period to identify the similarities and differences between them.
The methods of inquiry in this course seek to replicate the challenges of seeing theory and practice as interlocking processes. As such, students will work in affinity groups all semester to design and execute an action at Wesleyan or in the Middletown area that addresses a social issue they are passionate about. This capstone project will be based on scholarly research and thoughtful, collaborative practice.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Sandoval, Chela, METHODOLOGY OF THE OPPRESSED
Gibson-Graham, JK. A POSTCAPITALIST POLITICS
Imarisha, Walidah and Brown, Adrienne Maree, OCTAVIA'S BROOD: SCIENCE FICTION STORIES FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
Rasza, Maple, BASTARDS OF UTOPIA
Sitrin, Marina. HORIZONTALISM: VOICES OF POPULAR PROTEST IN ARGENTINA
|Examination and Assignments: |
midterm; collaborative capstone final (multi-stage including: proposal, research statement, action plan, class presentation, execution, reflection); 3 critical reflection papers on reading or film of choice); in-class final