ANTHRCUL 309 - Anthropology of Europe
Section: 001 Nationalisms, Post-Socialisms, Multiculturalisms, and Refugees
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing; introductory anthropology recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will consider "the idea of Europe" (Pagden 2002) after the fall of the Berlin Wall and what many scholars refer to as the period of "transition." Transition to what? We will look at the rise of nationalism in the post-socialist moment and how this rise has resulted in the re-introduction of newly racialized, religious, and gendered subjects. Through a political-economic lens and the perspective of everyday life, we will assess the relationship between the rise of nationalism and the production of social "difference." How does post-socialist nationalism compete with the talk of multiculturalism in the old EU countries? As socialist paternalism dies, does democratic patriarchy rise? How are families reformed after the wall? How is sexuality re-imagined? How is "ethnicity" re-defined? The Balkans become an extreme example of what seems to have occurred all over Eastern Europe as new nation-states were formed and social and economic systems were fractured. As nostalgia for a socialist past arose in the East, western European leaders such as Britian’s Tony Blair and Germany’s Gehardt Schröder spoke of a new Third Way which was directly connected to an opening up of markets and a shrinking of state support. Joblessness has become a norm in Eastern Europe, but the seduction of Mercedes Benz, BMWs, and club scenes that have contributed to the redefinition of female sexuality and a newly commodified production of female bodies means no turning back. The new form of consumerism has produced insatiable desire. But why has this desire been combined with nationalism? We will look beyond analyses that simply refer to the ideological void after the end of socialism as the reason for nationalism to look more critically at the end of socialism and the production of new selves from the perspectives of the every day, political economy, and the ways in which the various revolutions that brought about the end occurred. We will also look at how nationalism competes with the expansion of the EU and the figure of Islam. Finally, we will try to understand the relationship between the contemporary moment and what might come next in terms of social policy and political strategy.

ANTHRCUL 309 - Anthropology of Europe
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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