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Instructor Info:Roosbelinda Cardenas
TA Info:Walter Poulsen
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
Description: What does the term "race" mean? Is it an appropriate and/or legitimate way to talk about human diversity? What does it mean in different places? Rather than exploring these questions in the abstract, in this course we will look at a grounded history of this concept. That "place" is Latin America and the Caribbean and the historical periods we will explore include the colonial encounter, post-independence nation building, and the contemporary moment. The course is designed to first introduce students to broadly global understandings of racial ideology. It then tracks the manifestation of such ideas through a history of Latin American racial formations. We will pay particular attention to how racial ideas relate to space, class, and national identity throughout the region.