ANTHRCUL 319 - Latin American Society and Culture
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the cultures and societies of contemporary Latin America, a vast and varied region with more than twenty countries spread over one and a half continents that have developed over more than 500 years of history. We will cultivate an awareness of the particularities of local ways of life while searching for shared themes and histories that in some ways unite the many societies of this vast region.

Topics covered include:

  • race, ethnicity, and national identity;
  • indigenous rights and citizenship;
  • religion and religous change;
  • gender issues;
  • class and economic development; and
  • immigrant communities within Latin America.

As a student, you will be expected to keep up with reading and writing assignments and to participate actively in lectures and discussion sections. By the end of this course you should have a grasp of the various countries and regions that make up Latin America; the most important social divisions within those regions; and the nature of current developments in Latin American societies.

This is an introductory course on the region, with no prerequisites other than a desire to learn new things.

Grades will be based on attendance, participation, two short papers, and one final essay.

ANTHRCUL 319 - Latin American Society and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0822341972
The circulation of children : kinship, adoption, and morality in Andean Peru, Author: Jessaca B. Leinaweaver., Publisher: Duke University Press 2008
ISBN: 0520235975
Laughter out of place : race, class, violence, and sexuality in a Rio shantytown, Author: Donna M. Goldstein., Publisher: University of California Press 2003
ISBN: 0520079248
Life is hard : machismo, danger, and the intimacy of power in Nicaragua, Author: Roger N. Lancaster, Publisher: Univ. of California Press 1992
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