COMPLIT 260 - Europe and Its Others
Section: 001 Indigenous Struggles in Global Context
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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No indigenous cultural community has been untouched by global encroachment resulting from colonization, missionization, corporate interests, and the international flow of people and products. However, the local conditions of indigenous people are quite varied, as are their responses to globalization, defined as a condition in which increasingly interconnected socio-cultural, economic, and political processes on a global scale bring people, things, places, and ideas into contact.

This class will adopt an anthropological perspective to consider the dilemmas indigenous populations face in an increasingly global world. Our survey of the literature will include ethnographic cases from Latin America, India, Papua New Guinea and the U.S. We will examine how indigenous populations have been impacted by and responded to: transnational migration, tourism, pharmaceutical and agricultural bio-prospecting, patents on intellectual property, and sustainable development projects. We will engage with this material by asking: In what ways are these circumstances similar and different and why? How have indigenous communities responded to these situations?

Are the outcomes of global, intercultural contact inherently positive or negative? Special attention will be placed on organized indigenous responses to these aspects of globalization, including social resistance movements and involvement in artisan cooperatives.

No prior knowledge of anthropology is necessary.

COMPLIT 260 - Europe and Its Others
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001 (SEM)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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