ANTH 031C. Hispanics, Mestizos, Latinxs (M)
In this course we will elaborate an historical anthropological perspective on the diverse identities that have developed in the Americas since the time of the Spanish conquest. As the title of the course is meant to imply, we will trace the evolution of ethnic, racial, and gender identities from roughly the sixteenth century to the present day, putting their development in relation to the major political and economic changes that have shaped the history of Spanish America and its multiple, shifting relations to the United States. Our course materials will be drawn from cultural anthropology, history, and Latin American cultural studies. They will supply us with a framework through which to analyze these identities in terms of specific, culturally meaningful practices embedded in dynamic networks of social relations. Throughout the semester, our emphasis will be on the multiple, interwoven sources of identity in the Americas, from indigenous Meso- and South America to Europe and Africa. This emphasis will in turn enable us to reflect on what an historical anthropological perspective can teach us about the concept of identity in general.
Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Sociology & Anthropology and/or Latin American and Latino Studies is recommended, but not required.
Eligible for LALS
Fall 2017. Fraga.
Fall 2019. Fraga.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/sociology-anthropology