History | Race and Racism in Latin America
J400 | 17000 | Gould


J400:  P- HIST-J 300
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This course will examine the significant, if understudied, role of
racial ideologies and practices in modern Latin American social and
political history. First, we will discuss specific case studies in
which Indian-Ladino (non-Indian) relations played a dominant role,
in particular, in El Salvador and Guatemala.  We will focus on the
violent repression of Indians in El Salvador in 1932 and Guatemala
during the early 1980s.We will also examine the discourse and
historical practice of mestizaje(a nationalist ideology of race
mixture) in Nicaragua and Mexico, probing their role in the
construction of hegemony in Latin America. Then, we will attempt to
understand both how racism and racialized ideologies of nationalism
function in societies in which African-descended peoples form a
major component: Cuba and Brazil. Here, we will also familiarize
ourselves with the theoretical advances in critical race theory.

Students will make two class presentations on additional reading.
They will also write two book reviews, choosing works from the main
reading list (at least one review should coincide with the
presentation). Students will also write one research paper or an in
depth historiographical essay.