Precarity in America|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course explores the socio-cultural dimensions of inequality and the lived experiences of precarity in the contemporary United States from an ethnographic perspective. We examine how forms of neoliberal governance and economic restructuring come to bear on constructions of difference such as class, race, gender, and citizenship in ways that implicitly frame structural inequality as natural. Course readings highlight how Americans navigate and reckon with the various forms of inequality, precarity, and injustice they face in their daily lives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
Readings include: Vincanne Adams, MARKETS OF SORROW, LABORS OF FAITH: NEW ORLEANS IN THE WAKE OF KATRINA
Ta-Nehisi Coats, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
Jane Collins and Victoria Meyer, BOTH HANDS TIED: WELFARE REFORM AND THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LOW-WAGE MARKET
Aimee Meredith Cox, SHAPESHIFTERS: BLACK GIRLS AND THE CHOREOGRAPHY OF CITIZENSHIP
William Garriot: POLICING METHAMPHETAMINE: NARCOPOLITICS IN RURAL AMERICA
Seth Holmes, FRESH FRUIT, BROKEN BODIES: MIGRANT FARM WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES
Christine Walley, EXIT ZERO: FAMILY AND CLASS IN POSTINDUSTRIAL CHICAGO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses (20%); class participation (20%); three 8-page papers (20% each). Papers will ask students to formulate original analyses of course themes through intensive engagement with the readings for each unit.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Due to the intensive weekly schedule of this course, all enrolled and prospective students must attend the first day of class.
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