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Spring 2011-2012
* ANT 221 / LAS 228 / JDS 222 (SA)   na, npdf

The Anthropology of Migration and Diasporas

Natasha Zaretsky

Mass flows of migration define the history of modern nations. Indeed, policies towards immigrants and refugees reflect how nations struggle to define themselves. Migrants' experience reflects these complexities--challenging borders while reaffirming the continued significance of national boundaries. We will explore migration from the perspective of anthropology and ethnographic approaches to the experience of those moving across national borders as they negotiate belonging, citizenship, and identity. We also explore key themes and frameworks in the study of migrant experience -- as diaspora, transnationalism, globalization, and sovereignty.

Sample reading list:
Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large
Liisa Malkki, Purity and Exile:Violence, Memory,and Tanzania
Thomas Blom Hansen and Finn Stepputat (eds.), SovereignBodies:Citizens,Migrants,States..Postcolonial World
James Clifford, Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century
Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson (eds.), Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology
Brian Keith Axel, Nation'sTortured Body: Formation of Sikh Diaspoa

Reading/Writing assignments:
Three short responses to weekly readings (100-150 pp) in the form of précis will be assigned throughout the semester. A take-home midterm exam in the form of a 5-page essay will be administered during the midterm period. A final term paper of 10-12 pages will be submitted at the end of the semester.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
PLAS certificate students must write the final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy to the Program.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41414 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:14 Limit:18