If “race” doesn’t exist, how does it manifest itself? How do we know who is a terrorist? good Muslim? A bad Arab? a criminal? Why is are black protesters in the aftermath of Ferguson considered “looters,” while wealthy bankers are considered assets to society? Do persons make decisions about their identities or are they “produced” in ways beyond their control? Can one’s racial, ethnic, gendered self-recognition be publicized in ways that they like, or will that identity necessarily be misrecognized and reappropriated? Race and racial meanings can be cultural, social, and discursive, but they can also intrinsically embedded in law and political structures. In this course, we will look at a range of writings on how racial groups, cultures, and identities are produced in reaction and relation to historical, cultural, political and legal contexts. Assignments may include reading legal statutes, case studies, ethnic histories, media pieces, scholarly texts by philosophers, race, feminist, legal theorists.
- Teacher: Falguni Sheth