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Michael Vincente Perez
ANTH 428
Seattle Campus

Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity

Anthropological approaches to ethnicity and ethnic group relations with reference to other models including race, caste, class, regional groupings, nations, religion, and stratification. Data drawn from precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course or LING 203.

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What is ethnicity? How does it differ from other forms of social identification/classification? What opportunities does this concept offer for understanding the complexity of human identification? How can it be studied? This course draws on contemporary work in the study of ethnicity (ethnic identification) in order to examine some of the meanings and functions of ethnicity. It considers how ethnic identifications work in the constitution of human communities. It also explores how ethnicity intersects with other forms of identification including gender, race, class, and nation. Understood as both a process (relations) of self-identification and imposed categorization, we will critically examine how ethnicity matters as an issue of power related to politics, economy, and social life.

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Last Update by Michael Vincente Perez
Date: 12/23/2012