CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 003 Gender and Transnationalism: Globalization, Identity, Human Rights
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Many feminists and anthropologists have critiqued the historical absence of gender from early analyses of diaspora and transnationalism. They have recently demonstrated the significance of writing about the experiences of both women and men to understanding the narratives and practices of dispersal. Building on these theoretical premises, this course examines the various ways in which mobility, border-crossing, (dis)location, and (dis)placement are gendered and are given cultural and political meanings in the era of trans-migration. To what extent have "globalization" and "transnationalism" advance our theoretical understanding of the complexities of social norms and constructions, especially those of race, ethnicity, class, and health and reproduction? We will particularly explore how questions of power, gender, and class intersect to shape immigrants' daily struggles with new systems and how immigrants create and "imagine" their own social spaces within their new settings and with reference to their homelands. We will analyze the increasing trends of mobility and (dis)placement with reference to the rapidly increasing liberalization of global economies and the escalation of poverty, militarism, wars, and violence. Our readings and discussion will focus on cultural and theoretical perspectives from Anthropology and Women's Studies. And we will take as examples ethnographies and narratives of immigrants from different parts of the world, specifically Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. The seminar is intended for advance undergraduate students, though first year students can sign up for it.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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003 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with WS 345.001.
005 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 005: Meets w/ AC 301.002 & WS 343.001
006 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 006: Meets with AAPTIS 491.
007 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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