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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 227 / URB 227 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Race and Ethnicity

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

Our goal in this course is (a) to understand various definitions of race and ethnicity from a theoretical perspective and in a plurality of contexts and (b) to account for the rise of ethnicity and race as political and cultural forces in the age of globalization. Why are ethnic and racial delimitations expanding in areas of the world where such distinctions were formerly muted? Is race and racial discrimination all the same regardless of geographical region? What are the main theories and methodologies now available for the study of race and ethnicity from a comparative point of view? These are among the questions our course aims to answer.

Sample reading list:
Steinberg, The Ethnic Myth
Massey, American Apartheid
Flere, "Explaining Ethnic Antagonism in Yugoslavia"
Evangelista, The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union
Twagilimana, Hutu and Tutsi
Jonsson, Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailan

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 80 pages per week.

Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 40%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20392 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th        Enrolled:55 Limit:75
21767 P99 TBA        Enrolled:55 Limit:75