ANTHRCUL 309 - Anthropology of Europe
Section: 001 Radicalisms, Post-Socialisms, Refugees, and Rights
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
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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 “the idea of Europe” (Pagden 2002) from the end of World War II through the present. We will engage the contradictions of genocide and enlightenment, American occupation, colonialism and the politics of freedom, the social productions of 1968 radicalism, socialism, post-socialism, and financial crisis. Furthermore, we will look at the contemporary processes of Europeanization, social security, population decline, and the social and political consequences of the necessary immigration.

  • What kinds of subjects is European immigration policy producing?
  • What kinds of citizenship?
  • How should we understand the relaxing of internal borders next to the erection of new walls and fences in northern Africa?
  • How are tensions with Islam impacting the ways in which Europeans see themselves?
  • How and why are ideas of asylum changing?
  • What are the relationships between Europe’s asylum politics, its proclamations of human rights, and its humanitarian aid?
  • Finally, what new types of social and cultural forms (music, dance, cinema, and visual arts) are resulting from the contemporary mixes of unemployment, immigration, and spare time?
  • Why are “immigrant” neighborhoods erupting in Paris, but not in Berlin?

ANTHRCUL 309 - Anthropology of Europe
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9781400827893
The politics of the veil, Author: Joan Wallach Scott., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2007
ISBN: 9780976147589
Anti-semitism and Islamophobia : hatreds old and new in Europe, Author: Matti Bunzl., Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press 2007
ISBN: 0143112368
Murder in Amsterdam : liberal Europe, Islam and the limits of tolerance, Author: Ian Buruma., Publisher: Penguin Books 2006
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