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Naomi D Murakawa
POL S 555
Seattle Campus

American Politics Topics

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of American politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

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Topic: The U. S. Racial State

Description: Explores when and how racial interests and raced histories contribute to the making of American institutions, and how American institutions re-create, exploit, and even subvert racial hierarchy. Begins with theoretical accounts of race, giving particular attention to racial construction, intra-national racial triangulation, and race’s intersection with other forms of hierarchy. Examines various American political institutions as "race-making" institutions, focusing on political parties, the welfare state, immigration regulation, and the criminal justice state.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 11/21/2008