Global Village Living-Learning Center | Immigration and Ethnic Identity in the U.S.
S104 | 14140 | Jeff Holdeman


(3 cr.) (S&H) (TR) (1:00 - 2:15 pm) Holdeman.  In this course we
will explore ways in which one's culture and identity (traditional
and contemporary, from one's homeland and in one's new environment)
can manifest themselves in art, music, food, clothing, language,
social structure, religion, worldview, etc.  We will do this through
posing a series of questions: What do people arrive with beyond
their physical baggage?  What do they choose to keep and discard
from their native culture?  How do they choose to "perform" or
display this to each other and to the outside?  Students will learn
and discuss core concepts from a variety of fields, things such as
language maintenance and shift; boundary construction and
negotiation; material culture; generation gap; regional variation;
endogamy and exogamy; and acculturation, assimilation, and
transculturation.  At the core will be the concept of identity and
the many forms it can take.  Students will also learn basic
techniques of urban fieldwork in order to carry out interviews and
projects later in the semester.  All of these will come together in
the process of trying to answer what it means to be "ethnic" in
America. Note: This course is joint-listed with COLL-S104-15139
(Honors).