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Fall 2012-2013
* LAS 401 / ANT 434 (SA)   na, npdf

Latin American Studies Seminar - The Politics of Ethnicity in Latin America

Timothy J. Smith

In the late 20th century, an acknowledgment of ethnic and cultural diversity in Latin America influenced politicians to rethink their definition of citizenship in order to, at the very least, publicly demonstrate interest in fostering democratic forms of government. This opened up channels through which indigenous leaders organized their constituent communities by strategically using ethnicity as a platform for political participation. This seminar focuses upon Latin American indigenous movements with an eye towards anthropological concerns with representation, voice, and the precarious balance between solidarity and academic critique.

Sample reading list:
Edward F. Fischer, Cultural Logics & Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought
Kay B. Warren, Indigenous Movements and Their Critics: Pan Maya Activism
Suzana Sawyer, Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil
Maria Elena Garcia, Making Indigenous Citizens
Victor Montejo, Maya Intellectual Renaissance
John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff, Ethnicity, Inc.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week will be drawn from a course packet and selected ethnographies. A four-page reflection on the readings of the day will be due the night before each class, synthesizing the major themes of the readings. Students will be responsible for leading the discussion of one period and write a five-page critical review of the reading, which shall include fellow students' contributions and critiques. A final paper will be due on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
There are no prerequisites for this course, although a working knowledge of anthropological theories, the practice of ethnography, and some familiarity with Latin America (either through literature or field experience) will be useful..

Other information:
This course is open to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21343 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:6 Limit:25