History | Latin American Culture & Civilization II
H212 | 7859 | Castaneda


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with LTAM-L211

Become a more effective learner of history!  Enroll in Educ X101:
Learning Strategies for History in the same semester as any history
course.  X101 is being offered 2:30-3:45, MW or 2:30-3:45, TR for 2
credits.

This course explores the processes of how Latin American countries
have sought to create their national identity, cultural community,
and modernity over the course of the last two hundred years.  With
regard to the formation of national identities, Latin America has
been a worldwide pioneer even if troubled by a series of problems
related to economic dependency, multicultural diversity, racial and
social conflicts, political factionalism, and anxiety in relation to
being or not being “modern” as modeled by European nations.   The
sense of national belonging, far from innate or ancient, had to be
created through the conscious projects of intellectuals and
political leaders.  Simultaneous with the making of new nations, the
groups who held power in the independent republics obsessed over
cultural, ethnic and gender difference in their midst.  As a
response, they produced inclusions and exclusions at the boundaries
of national identities.  Over time, democratic social movements
brought new groups into the center of the Latin American republics
and reworked these identities, forms of cultural modernity, and
national community.  These issues are explored through a combination
of primary documents and secondary literature Through these readings
we will address key themes in the hemisphere’s development—nation
building, race mixing, the family, migration, revolution, work—and
investigate how cultural inclusions and exclusions were formulated
and contested in large-scale changes and in everyday life.