Anthropology | African Ethnography
E600 | 8668 | Clark

This seminar focuses on the idea of home, as an overlapping set of
concepts about  identity, community and security that are juggled and
reconciled by contemporary Africans in their nations and families.  We
will read and discuss a selection of recent exemplary and innovative
ethnographies that grapple with how to analyze and present these issues,
in conjunction with related articles.  Particular attention will be paid
to historical processes through which gender, class, ethnicity and
citizenship are mutually constructed and renegotiated in power arenas that
are persistently multilocal and unstable.  Political economy approaches
that take both material and ideological aspects serious will be
emphasized, but a wide range of alternatives will be included to allow for
their comparison and evaluation for specific research purposes.
Students will be evaluated on class participation, including response
papers and leading a discussion.  The larger part of the grade will be
based on a research paper, analyzing a specific literature or research
issue of the student's choice.    A list of assigned texts is available on
request from