Anthropology | Migrations and Diasporas
E400 | 24928 | Bahloul
This course is devoted to the analysis and discussion of one of the
major global processes observed in human behavior in modern times. The
focus will be on international migration. Why do people migrate? Where
do they go and why? How do they migrate and how do they integrate
into the host societies? How do the mainstream societies welcome them?
By which social, economic, cultural, and political processes? These
are the questions students will have to explore and try to answer. The
course takes both a theoretical and an ethnographic approach. We shall
cover a large number of situations and geographical areas of
migration, in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. Students
will have an opportunity to deal with a variety of social and cultural
forms of expression of the migrants' condition, in family
organization, religious practice, collective memory, the arts,
associations. They will have a unique opportunity to conduct a
fieldwork project here in Bloomington, under the instructor's
direction and methodological support. This is intended to encourage
students to have a practical understanding of migration and diaspora.
Undergraduate: mid-term examination (20%); fieldwork project (35%);
Reading review (25%); class participation (20%)
Graduate: reading review (30%); 2 class presentations (35%); fieldwork
- Brah A., 1996, Cartographies of Diaspora, Routledge.
- Bretell C., 1995, We Have Already Cried Many Tears, Waveland
- Cohen R., 1997, Global Diasporas, U. of Washington Press.
- Malkki L., 1995, Purity and Exile, Univ. of Chicago Press.
- Bretell C., & Hollifield J.(eds.), Migration Theory, Routledge.
- Sassen S., 1999, Guests and Aliens, The New Press