ANTHRO 297LS: Introduction to Latino Studies

Academic Year:
Spring 2014
Day and Time:
Tu 1:00-4:00

This course introduces students to the range of issues and analytical approaches that form the foundation of Latin@ Studies. We begin by framing colonialism as an historical problem in relation to which contemporary (im)migration patterns, structural inequalities, social identities, and cultural practices must be understood. We will build from this foundation to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on U.S. Latin@ histories, cultures, and identities by drawing on approaches in anthropology, sociology, history, literature, and cultural/ethnic studies. The course balances depth and breadth in its study of the variety of perspectives and experiences that come to be associated with U.S. Latin@s.  Thus, we will analyze the histories of predominant U.S. Latin@ sub-groups, such as Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, while also incorporating considerations of the ways in which broader populations with ties to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean play crucial roles in constituting U.S. Latin@ identities. In practical terms, the course draws on interactive lectures, reading assignments, discussions, and writing exercises of varying lengths in order to guide students as they begin to develop a critical view of the U.S. and the experiences of Latin@s across the Americas. Additionally, community engagement exercises in Holyoke, MA will challenge students to sharpen their understandings by applying them within a predominantly Latin@ community. 

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