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Naomi D Murakawa
POL S 317
Seattle Campus

The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Introduction to the history and development of racial hierarchy, focusing on how race and ethnicity shape political institutions (e.g., the Constitution, political parties, voting systems). Examination of political relationships between Whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Case studies of minority representation and the politics of welfare, crime, immigration, and terrorism. Offered: jointly with LSJ 331.

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Description: This course examines the political causes and consequences of racial hierarchy in the United States. We begin by exploring racial formation, including theories of racial construction and histories of genocide, slavery, exclusion, and exploitation. We then explore the relationship between race and American political institutions, including the Constitution, the electoral system, and political parties. Finally, we explore races role in public policy, including welfare, immigration, and crime policy.

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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/18/2009