Anthropology | The Anthropology of Race
E656 | 16427 | Sterling

“The Anthropology of Race” explores the idea of race in cultural
anthropology with focus on three main themes.  First, it considers the
status of this idea within anthropology and a number of other
disciplines.  It secondly explores the global dissemination of the
idea of race and the social realities that have come to be constructed
around it; this phase of the course incorporates historical and
anthropological literature on Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and
South America.  The third concern is with exploring the uneasy play
between the supposed “demise” of race as an intellectual paradigm
among many social scientists and its resilient but shifting status as
“fact” in society at large. The course is focused here on the West and
particularly the United States, incorporating a range of social issues
and interdisciplinary readings that inform, or potentially inform the
anthropology of race today.  In addition to anthropology, these
readings will be largely drawn from sociology and cultural studies;
the issues include the question of racial representation on college
campuses, (re-)imaginations of racial, religious and national others
in the wake of  9/11, and the production, commodification and global
traffic of racial symbolization.