ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 201 Urban Crossroads in Latin America: Negotiating Place, Space, and Self in the City
Term: SU 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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  • How does urban geography reflect social differences in Latin America?
  • How is social order constructed and challenged in urban environments?
  • What does it mean to live in a city?

This course examines Latin American societies and cultures through the lens of cities. We will focus on diverse case studies from megacities in Brazil (São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro) and Peru (Lima) as well as other metropolitan areas and smaller provincial cities throughout the region. Themes include: race and ethnicity, migration, work and class, gender, shantytowns, crime, political violence, and social activism. In addition to ethnographic readings, a variety of other materials will be incorporated, such as video, music, photography, and maps. During class discussions and activities we will compare and contrast case studies, as well as interpret current events, in order to explore the complexities of urban space in Latin America.

Requirements include active participation in online and classroom discussions, a group presentation, and an individual research project on a topic of your choice.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
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201 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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